Telework Resources

Learn how to create a telework policy for your organization. 

Telework, or remote work, allows employees the flexibility to work offsite, usually at their homes or other alternative locations.

Offering a formalized telework agreement can be mutually beneficial to employers and employees. Benefits include:

  • Improved employee recruitment, retention, and productivity
  • Money saved on commercial real estate and parking facilities
  • Enhanced employee wellness and work-life balance
  • Enhanced opportunities for persons with disabilities
  • Resiliency - provides a blueprint to continue business during a crisis
  • Cleaner air and reduced climate impacts
  • Reduced traffic congestion
  • Saves money and time spent in traffic

These resources provide information for initiating a telework policy at your workplace. This policy can be added to the current commuter benefits offered by your organization. A telework  policy allows you to comply with the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program through Option 4 or Option 5.

In order for an employer to be pre-approved to comply under Option 5: Telework, the employer must not remove existing benefits being offered to employees whose duties cannot be done outside the worksite. If an employer removes existing commuter benefits already being offered to employees, then Option 5: Telework will need to be approved by the Air District on a case-by-case basis.

Below you will find guidance on policy creation, model teleworking agreements, and information on equity considerations, ergonomics, equipment, and liability.

Please note each resource will refer to telework by its own terms, such as "remote work," "telecommuting," and others. 

  • Sample Policies, Guidance and Resources
    Guidance and resources from public agencies, including sample telework policies, training modules, and templates to inform your policy.
  • Equity Considerations for Remote Work
    Information regarding equity and inclusion considerations, including studies on telework discrepancies between occupations, marginalized communities, and resources to support employees unable to work remotely.
  • Ergonomics, Equipment, and Human Resources
    A compilation of workplace ergonomics and equipment resources. This includes information on telework technology and home office set up, and areas of concern for Human Resources.
  • Flex Your Commute Pledge
    The Flex Your Commute Pledge offers an opportunity for representatives of Bay Area organizations to pledge to provide remote work and commute options for their employees.

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The Spare the Air Employer Program helps employees participate in air quality improvement efforts year round. Today, more than 2,000 businesses and government agencies are active in the program.

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    Remote Work Toolkit
    The Employer Program toolkit can help businesses start or expand a remote work program, and inform employees about what to expect.
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Last Updated: 6/1/2021