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                                                                                                                        October 4, 2010

Subject: PER – Maine Telecommuting Policy

Purpose. To inform employees of NRCS’ policy pertaining to Telecommuting.

Expiration Date: September 30, 2011

Participation in a telecommuting (also known as telework) arrangement is not an employee entitlement; therefore, it is incumbent upon management to deem whether a telecommuting arrangement is beneficial and feasible to the organization, not just to the employee.

The definition of telecommuting (or telework) is performing regular and recurring work at an alternative work location (i.e., home, telecenter, or other satellite work location), for a minimum of one day per pay week. Telecommuting may be for a long term recurring basis (over six months and up to one year), for a short term basis (six months or less), or for an infrequent basis (as needed, no set schedule, when projects/assignments have short turnaround times, and/or require intense concentration). In all cases of short term or infrequent telecommuting, the employee must obtain the permission of his/her supervisor.

Employees who desire to telecommute must submit their request to their supervisor, who will forward to John Gledhill for consolidation and my final approval in accordance with GM360.429.E “Exhibits”, no later than December 3, 2010. Attached is the Adobe (PDF) fillable form for your use. Only those telecommuting agreements which present a specific benefit to the organization will be considered. Requests based upon personal convenience will not be considered.

The following reference is in GM360.429.A: “Telecommuting is a management option, not an automatic right of employees. Where a telecommuting agreement exists, management may subsequently cancel or modify the agreement at any time, after discussion with the employee, if the original agreement fails to benefit and/or meet organizational needs….”

Contact. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact John Gledhill, Human Resource Manager at 207-990-9501 or email

/s/  Juan C. Hernandez

State Conservationist

The following document requires  Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)

Attachment  - Telecommuting Agreement (.pdf)