2011 Telecommuting and Flexible Schedule Legislation

Eight states introduced bills related to telecommuting or flexible work schedules during the 2011 legislative session.  Laws were enacted in two states.  Montana passed a law allowing the Department of Revenue to establish alternative officer hours for county offices. Utah passed a bill that repealed the four-day workweek for state employees that was implemented by Executive Order in 2008 and required state government offices to be open Monday through Friday. The bill was vetoed by the Governor but the legislature overrode the veto. Utah state government offices returned to a five-day schedule in September 2011.

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STATES
BILL SUMMARY
Alabama
 
Alaska
 
Arizona
 
Arkansas
 
California

CA A 830 Olsen (R)
Title: Employment: Flexible Work Schedules
Status: Failed
Summary: Permits an individual nonexempt employee to request an employee-selected flexible work schedule providing for workdays up to 10 hours per day within a 40-hour workweek. Allows an employer to implement this schedule without the obligation to pay overtime compensation for those additional hours in a workday.
02/17/2011 Introduced.
03/10/2011 To Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment.
04/27/2011 From Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment with author's amendments.
04/27/2011 In Assembly. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Labor and Employment.
05/04/2011 In Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment: Failed passage.
06/20/2011 From Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment without further action pursuant to JR 62(a).

CA S 367 Dutton (R)
Title: Employment: Working Hours
Status: Pending - Carryover
Summary: Permits an individual nonexempt employee employed by an employer with 25 or less employees to request an employee-selected flexible work schedule providing for workdays up to 10 hours per day within a 40-hour workweek. Allows the employer to implement this schedule without any obligation to pay overtime compensation.
02/15/2011 Introduced.
02/24/2011 To Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations.
03/23/2011 In Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations: Failed passage.
03/23/2011 In Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations: Reconsideration granted.

Colorado
 
Connecticut
 
Delaware
 
District of Columbia
 
Florida
 
Georgia
 
Guam
 
Hawaii

HI H 120 McKelvey (D)
Title: Telecommuting
Status: Pending - Carryover
Summary: Provides an income tax credit to employers who allow their employees to telecommute; prevents counties from limiting the practice of telecommuting unless the business activity generates excessive noise, dust, debris, or traffic in the area where the employee is engaged in telecommuting.
01/20/2011 Introduced.
01/24/2011 To House Committee on Economic Revitalization and Business.
01/24/2011 Subsequent referral set for: House Committee on Finance.
02/08/2011 In Committee: Public Hearing Scheduled.
02/10/2011 In Committee: Measure Deferred.

HI HR 187 Keith-Agaran (D)
Title: Telecommuting Options For Committee Hearings
Status: Failed - Adjourned
Summary: Requests the legislature to explore the options of telecommunicating for committee hearings.
03/16/2011 Introduced.
03/21/2011 To House Committee on Legislative Management.
03/21/2011 Subsequent referral set for: House Committee on Finance.

HI S 180 Gabbard (D)
Title: Employee Telecommute Income Tax Credits
Status: Pending - Carryover
Summary: Provides an income tax credit for employers when their employees telecommute for work.
01/21/2011 Introduced.
01/24/2011 To Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor.

Idaho
 
Illinois
 
Indiana
 
Iowa
 
Kansas
 
Kentucky
 
Louisiana
 
Maine
 
Maryland
 
Massachusetts
 
Michigan
 
Minnesota
MN H 969 Anderson S (R)
Title: Taxation
Status: Pending - Carryover
Summary: Relates to taxation; income; provides an income tax credit for telecommuting conversion expenses and ongoing telecommuting expenses.
03/09/2011 Introduced.
03/09/2011 To House Committee on Taxes.
Mississippi

MS H 107 Evans B (D)
Title: State Agencies
Status: Failed
Summary: Relates to state agencies; requires certain agencies to be open for extended office hours and to assign employees to flexible working hours.
12/14/2010 Prefiled.
12/14/2010 To House Committee on Appropriations.
01/04/2011 Introduced.
01/04/2011 To House Committee on Appropriations.
02/01/2011 Died in committee.

MS S 2315 Harden (D)
Title: Flexible Office Hours
Status: Failed
Summary: Provides for flexible office hours for certain state agencies and to provide for staff during such flexible office hours.
01/10/2011 Introduced.
01/10/2011 To Senate Committee on Fees, Salaries and Administration.
01/10/2011 Additionally referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations.
02/01/2011 Died in committee.

Missouri
 
Montana

MT D 696 Hiner (D)
Title: Flexible Hours for Local Property Tax Operations
Status: Failed - Adjourned
Summary: Allows flexible hours for local property tax operations by the Department of Revenue under specified conditions; requires public notice of the alternative hours.
11/13/2010 Draft request received.
11/21/2010 Draft to requester for review.
12/03/2010 Draft in legal review.
12/06/2010 Draft to drafter - edit review.
12/06/2010 Draft in input/proofing.
12/06/2010 Filed.
12/06/2010 Draft in final draft review.
12/07/2010 Pre-Introduction letter sent.
12/15/2010 Assigned Senate Bill No. 75.

MT S 75 Sonju (R)
Title: Flexible Hours for Local Property Tax Operations
Status: Enacted 04/29/2011
Summary: Allows the Department of Revenue to establish alternative officer hours for its offices located in the various counties if the office is staffed by a certain number of full-time employees, the department holds a related public hearing in the county seat after providing notice, the county commissioners approve the alternative hours, the hours are adopted by administrative rule, and the hours adopted are published in a local newspaper.
12/15/2010 Prefiled.
12/15/2010 Filed as Draft 696.
01/03/2011 Introduced.
01/03/2011 To Senate Committee on Taxation.
01/21/2011 From Senate Committee on Taxation: Do pass as amended.
01/26/2011 Passed Senate. To House.
02/09/2011 To House Committee on Taxation.
03/18/2011 From House Committee on Taxation: Do pass as amended.
04/05/2011 Passed House. To Senate for concurrence.
04/08/2011 Senate concurred in House amendments.
04/08/2011 Eligible for Governor's desk.
04/19/2011 To Governor.
04/29/2011 Signed by Governor.
04/29/2011 Chaptered. Chapter No. 295.

Nebraska
 
Nevada
 
New Hampshire
 
New Jersey

NJ A 1196 Rudder (R)
Title: State Telecommuting Programs
Status: Pending
Summary: Requires State agencies to adopt telecommuting programs and reports to be made on implementation of these programs.
01/12/2010 Introduced.
01/12/2010 To Assembly Committee on Telecommunications and Utilities.

NJ A 1197 Rudder (R)
Title: Telecommuting Program Tax Credits
Status: Pending
Summary: Provides corporation business tax and gross income tax credits for certain business telecommuting program development and implementation costs.
01/12/2010 Introduced.
01/12/2010 To Assembly Committee on Appropriations.

NJ S 403 Haines (R)
Title: Telecommuting Program Development Tax Credits
Status: Pending
Summary: Provides corporation business tax and gross income tax credits for certain businesses telecommuting program development and implementation costs.
01/12/2010 Introduced.
01/12/2010 To Senate Committee on Economic Growth.

NJ S 404 Haines (R)
Title: Telecommuting Programs
Status: Pending
Summary: Requires State agencies to adopt telecommuting programs and reports to be made on implementation of these programs.
01/12/2010 Introduced.
01/12/2010 To Senate Committee on Economic Growth.

New Mexico
 
New York
 
North Carolina
 
North Dakota
 
Ohio
 
Oklahoma
 
Oregon
 
Pennsylvania
 
Puerto Rico
 
Rhode Island
 
South Carolina
 
South Dakota
 
Tennessee
 
Texas
 
Utah
UT H 328 Noel (R)
Title: State Government Work Week
Status: Enacted
Summary: Repealed the “Working 4 Utah” four-day workweek for state employees and required state government offices to be open Monday through Friday.
02/18/2011 House 1st Reading (Introduced).
02/23/2011 House to Standing Committee.
02/25/2011 House Committee Report Favorable.
02/25/2011 House 2nd Reading.
03/01/2011 House 3rd Reading.
03/01/2011 House Floor Amendment.
03/01/2011 House Passed 3rd Reading.
03/01/2011 Senate 1st Reading (Introduced).
03/09/2011 Senate 2nd Reading.
03/10/2011 Senate Passed 2nd & 3rd Readings/ Suspension.
03/10/2011 House Concurs with Senate Amendment.
03/17/2011 Enrolled Bill
03/18/2011 Sent to Governor.
03/30/2011 Governor Vetoed.
05/06/2011 House Override Governor's Veto.
05/07/2011 Senate Override Governor's Veto.
05/09/2011 Override Sent to Lieutenant Governor.
09/17/2011 Effective Date
Vermont
 
Virginia
 
Washington
 
West Virginia
 
Wisconsin
 
Wyoming
 

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