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Pilot Statewide Telecommuting Programs


The State of New York is responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by COVID-19 that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. New York confirmed its first cases of person-to-person spread with this virus March 3, 2020 and is taking active measures to contain the spread of this virus.

Telecommuting arrangements are an important component of a multi-layered strategy to prevent sustained spread of COVID-19 among the state workforce. This program strikes a balance between ensuring government can continue to function, while providing appropriate precautions for state employees to prevent the spread of illness.

The State has entered into agreements with CSEA, PEF and UUP that create a Pilot Statewide Telecommuting Program (Telecommuting Pilot Program) due to public health concerns presented by the Coronavirus. This Pilot Program also applies to M/C employees. Where management determines it to be operationally feasible or necessary, telecommuting shall be assigned or approved for employees represented by these unions to the greatest extent possible.

Wherever existing agency/facility/campus telecommuting programs conflict with Telecommuting Pilot Program guidelines, the Pilot Program guidelines control for the duration of the Pilot Program. There is no need to re-enroll current telecommuters with the new form. Similarly, if you already have a telecommuting application and enrollment process that is working, you can continue to use it. If you do not have an established telecommuting program, please use the attached application form. Any pre-existing telecommuting programs will revert to their regular guidelines upon expiration of the Pilot Programs.

Please click here for a complete description of the program which includes information on: Definitions, How to Participate, General Guidelines, Equipment and Supplies,  Agency Policies/Security Information and Program Dates)