Employees work out of their homes or in a satellite office or
“telecenter” one or more days a week – using computer, phone, fax,
Montgomery County Telework Tax Credit
Businesses in Montgomery County may take a credit against County taxes for computers purchased for their employees who telework.The County pays up to 50 percent of the cost of each personal computer purchased, up to an annual total credit of $2,000. Employees must certify that computers are used for business purposes and that the employees using the computer work from home at least 78 days per year – or 1.5 days a week.
For more information click here. The Telework Tax Credit Application form is here.
May reduce office space and parking needs – improving business bottom line
- Helps businesses maintain continuity of operations during emergencies, such as weather-related events
- Helps employers recruit and retain the best employees
- Boosts job satisfaction, reduces stress, increases productivity, helps work/life balance
- Decreases traffic congestion, energy consumption, and air pollution
- Enhances employer reputation as “good corporate citizen”
Types of Jobs
For more information, visit the Telework resources pages at Commuter Connections. You may also call 202-962-3286 for the Telework Resource Center, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Ask for a free Teleworking Starter Kit.
Maryland Telework Partnership with Employers
The Maryland Telework Partnership with Employers (TPE) offers free professional telework consulting services. Interested employers in Montgomery County who wish to start or expand telework programs should contact CSS at 240-773-BWTW (2989).
Sites are selected on the basis of location, nature of business, and expressed level of commitment. Each selected TPE site will designate a telework coordinator and an internal telework team to work with the consulting on developing and implementing the program. Teleworkers are expected to telecommute at least two days a month during a one-year period. Sponsoring agency is the Maryland Department of Transportation.
Telework Resource Center
The Telework Resource Center (TRC) is a Commuter Connections program, coordinated through the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), which offers free one-day seminars throughout the region.
TRC can show employers how to:
- Establish a telework policy
- Form an in-house advisory group
- Identify a telework program coordinator
- Select, manage, and evaluate telework employees
- Set up ground rules for work space, security issues, and regularly scheduled work hours
- Provide for telework equipment
- Understand tax implications and compensation issues
For more information about the locations of telework centers in the Washington, DC region, please visit the telework Web pages of Commuter Connections or GSA Telework Centers. Or call 240-773-BWTW (2989).
Alternative Work Schedules
Flextime, Compressed Work Schedules, and Job Sharing are progressive options to reducing traffic congestion at peak travel hours, lessening stress in the workplace, and fostering efficient use of time at the office. CSS can help you determine which job types are best suited to these schedules as well as recommend program policies and procedures.
CSS will work with employers to set up Flextime programs featuring adjusted arrival and departure times for employees. Compressed Work Schedules, such as 4-day/10-hour-a-day work weeks, eliminate commuting for at least one day a week for those who participate. Job Sharing also cuts down on commuting.
- Flextime employees can work during their most productive hours
- Employees may use less leave time because they have greater flexibility in planning medical and other appointments.
- Companies gain increased coverage, especially when they communicate across time zones and have customers requiring extended hours
- Flextime can help reduce spot congestion at work site entrances.
The presentations are available below for you to view online or download.
April 25, 2012 Telework 101 Presentation - Download the April 25 presentation here as a PDF or Powerpoint Slideshow. A recording of the presentation can be downloaded here (requires Internet Explorer 8, Firefox or Chrome browser) and the Questions & Answers are here.
May 31, 2012 Telework 102 Presentation - Download the May 31 presentation here as a PDF or Powerpoint Slideshow.
Registered participants will be sent logon and password information prior to the sessions.
June 21, 2012 Telework 103 Presentation - Download the June 21 presentation here as a PDF or Powerpoint Slideshow.