Telework compromise passes Senate

Thursday - 9/30/2010, 2:49pm EDT

By Vyomika Jairam
Federal News Radio

The Senate voted to pass the compromise version of a teleworking bill that expands telework access across the government.

The finalized bill is still pending approval in the House before it can be signed by President Obama, and will now be on hold until the lame-duck session of the House reconvenes in December.

The Senate passed its original version of the bill in May, and the House followed suit in July. The compromise bill makes all federal employees eligible for telework, as opposed to the current procedure in which employees must prove a need. It also requires that agencies incorporate telework into their continuity of operations plans (COOP)

The compromise bill uses the Senate's definition of telework as a work flexibility arrangement through which an employee may perform their duties from an approved out-of-office worksite.