Legal

Ask a Lawyer and Get Answers to Your Legal Questions

Ask a Lawyer, Get an Answer ASAP!

Work from Home Employment Rules

Work from home opportunities abound for those employees who telecommute. Other people use telecommunications technology to maintain their work from coffee shops or just about anywhere they choose. It is estimated that 1 in 5 employees around the world work from home on a regular basis. However, there are other works at home opportunities that can be less than appealing. These are the work at home scams that abound on the internet. To learn more about work from home employment, take a look at the questions below that have been answered by Experts.

I am looking to work from home and received an email from an online marketing system, how can an individual tell if this business is legitimate?

The majority of the work at home opportunities have been found to be false advertisement and deceptive marketing. There are some companies that are actual companies that conduct business in the business world; however, many of these companies don't offer a sound work at home opportunity.

Many of these companies tend to go after single parents, elderly, or disabled people who would jump at the opportunity to work from home and earn a living. For this reason, the Federal Trade Commission has been watching this industry. The Federal Trade commission is trying to shut down businesses that prey on people, promising big rewards for their "meager" investments.

Is it legal for an employer to have an employee sign a letter stating that if the individual cannot get to an office in the entire state of NC that the individual can be replaced within 4 weeks notice and no severance, also no other individual working from home had to sign this letter?

As an employee, you can be asked to sign anything. Whether you do it or not is up to you. You need to be aware that if you do sign something, that document becomes a legal document which states that you have agreed to the terms of the document. If you have something in writing in regards to your telecommuting, it would help. Have you been threatened with termination if you refuse to sign this statement? You may want to file a notice that state you want a copy of all documentation in your personnel file. If you give your employer a written request, the employer must comply.

You should also take the time to consider if this is an act of discrimination (race, gender, age, religion, etc.). While your employer has the legal right to terminate your employment at will it is not legal to terminate based on discrimination.

If an individual works from home and drives a company vehicle to job sites, are there any liability issues if the individual is driving a company vehicle on their own time, since the individual is no longer allowed to clock in until reaching the job site? There are two liability issues that need to be addressed.

1. Due to the fact that you can no longer clock in on company time until you reach a job site, you face the risk of injury due to a car wreck and worker's compensation wouldn't cover you off the clock. The chance that your company would deny any worker's compensation claim increases once you are not on company time.

2. When you were on company time from the time you left your home, you were covered by the company in the event that an accident would occur. Now, you are not on company time, therefore if you were in an accident, the other party would sue you, not your employer. Furthermore, your company would not cover you in the event you were in an accident.

If I am creating a directory of legitimate work from home companies, will I need to get the permission of the company to include them?

Generally, most companies would appreciate the listing as a beneficial plus for their company's worthiness. As far as posting a listing, there wouldn't appear to be any breach of privacy issues or breach of agreement, therefore you wouldn't require company consent to post it. In certain situations, some company's may be willing to compensate you for listing their name and further its exposure.

Work from home employment is the dream of most of us; however, those opportunities are risky. Before you enter into any type of business offer for working at home, you can contact an Expert for assistance in making the best choice for your individual situation.
Please type your question in the field below

3 verified Lawyers are online now

Lawyers on JustAnswer are verified through an extensive 8-step process including screening of licenses, certifications, education and/or employment. Learn more

Online
Tina

Lawyer

Doctoral Degree

★★★★★
8775 positive reviews
Online
Ely

Counselor at Law

Juris Doctor

★★★★★
24233 positive reviews
Online
INFOLAWYER

Attorney

Doctoral Degree

★★★★★
20298 positive reviews
See all Lawyers
JustAnswer in the news:
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.