This document provides information on the University's telecommuting policy.
The UW-Madison campus developed a new policy on telecommuting in 2005. As noted when this policy was first distributed in May 2006, it was not the intent of this policy to either limit or expand telecommuting utilization on campus.
All requests for telecommuting should be reviewed carefully as telecommuting
is a prerogative of the University, not an entitlement of employees. All
telecommuting requests must be approved by the department chair or director
and the Dean's office. The operational needs of the department must be
carefully considered in your review. If you approve an employee's telecommuting
request, the Telecommuting Agreement Form (TAF) must be completed and signed by the supervisor
and department chair or director before being submitted to the Dean's
office for final approval (HR Manager for academic and university staff requests). The TAF must also include an
explanation of the work being performed off-campus, an indication of
how the supervisor will measure or assess this work, and how the employee will maintain contact with the individuals they have contact with in their position. If the employee has young children, you also need to explain how the child(ren) will be cared for while the employee is working at home.
The employee is not authorized to begin telecommuting until the
request has been approved by the Dean's Office as we may have other
obligations to consider.
Finally, it is the policy of the College of Letters & Science that, unless telecommuting is a condition of employment, departments may not incur any costs as the result of an approved telecommuting agreement. This is true regardless of the funding source (e.g. state, federal, gift, foundation) and includes the costs for computer equipment, software, supplies, internet connection, etc.
If you have any questions about this policy, please contact your HR Manager.