Telecommuting and Teleworking Policy

RF Policy

The Research Foundation (RF) neither prohibits nor encourages telecommuting or teleworking by its employees. Given the extremely diverse and changing nature of work done by RF employees, the decision to allow an employee to telework must be made on a case-by-case basis after consideration of the relevant factors.

Administrative Considerations

Among the administrative considerations that need to be addressed are

Relevant Factors

Operating locations should consider the following questions when making the decision to allow an employee to telework:


Operating location personnel and employee services employee relations staff should be involved in the decisionmaking. The Research Foundation recommends that any decision to allow teleworking be made initially on a pilot or trial basis (e.g., 6 – 9 months) in order to test the policies and procedures that operating locations have developed to implement their telecommuting proposal.

The RF Central Office of Employee Services Campus Support and Employee Relations Units are available to assist operating locations in evaluating proposed teleworking arrangements.


The following Web sites provide additional information on trends in telecommuting and teleworking. Although in some cases information is provided only to members of the organization, operating locations can SEARCH these sites as a good starting place in making an informed decision.

CUPA-HR (College and University Professional Association for Human Resources)

SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management)

ITAC (International Telework Association and Council)

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