Attorney Angela Jackson recently spoke to The Legal News about whether telecommuting is a "reasonable accommodation" for employees with disabilities. The Sixth Circuit will take up the issue when it rehears, en banc, the case of Ford Motor Company in EEOC v. Ford Motor Co.
Attorney Jackson observed, in part:
I think that it can be challenging to effectively manage a telecommuting employee, and to track productivity and performance. The ease with which we can conduct work remotely without having to step into our offices is a wonderful freedom, but we can lose sight of the importance of face-to-face communication. Telephone calls, emails and video-conferences are a convenient way to communicate, but they can be ineffective and the technology can be cumbersome.
Read the full article, "Angela Jackson on Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation," by Jo Mathis, in the Oakland County Legal News.