[LINK] Work from home and help keep transport gridlock at bay

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Tue Oct 11 08:47:08 AEDT 2011

On 10/10/11 10:08, David Boxall wrote:
> I wonder; to what extent will/can telecommuting substitute for
> traditional commuting? ...

There are some tricky administrative issues to work out with 
teleworking. Your home becomes a workplace and so is subject to work 
rules. Occupational health and safety is difficult to administer in the 
home: do you have an office environment which conforms (desk, computer 
chair, lighting) are you dressed correctly (covered shoes for 
protection)? Is your home and its telecommunications sufficiently secure 
for the information being held there? Have you attended all the required 
meetings for the workplace (or are these available on-line)?

There could be a burden for the government as well. Workers are not 
entitled to deduct the cost of traveling to work, but can take the cost 
of traveling between workplaces off their tax. If you start the work day 
at home on the computer, is your commute to the office then traveling 
between workplaces and so deductible?

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