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Telework FAQs

Employees

  • The answer depends upon the intended use of the checklist.  If the checklist is used solely for program purposes, such as acquainting the teleworker with workplace safety, then the agency may require employees to sign such a checklist to participate in telework.  However, if the checklist is intended to have legal standing for safety and/or liability purposes, then the answer is no. For more information, please refer to GSA's Guidelines for Alternative Workplace Arrangements.  For more information about your agency equipment policy for telework, please consult your agency telework policy or telework coordinator.
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  • No.  Both a performance rating and a rating of record involve the evaluation of an employee's performance against all the elements and standards in the performance plan.  At any time during the appraisal period, a manager can make the determination that an employee's performance is unacceptable on one or more critical elements.  This determination is sufficient to begin the process that could lead to a performance-based action if the employee's performance fails to improve to an acceptable level.
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  • Sometimes there may be instances in which both the employee and manager have made a good faith effort to make a telework arrangement work without success.  Both the teleworker and the supervisor should understand that if telework does not work out for an individual, it does not in any way reflect on that individual's ability to perform his/her job.  Your telework agreement should include a clause stating either the manager or the employee may terminate the telework agreement for operational or performance issues.  For more information about your agency’s policy for terminating telework agreements, please consult your agency telework policy or agency telework coordinator.
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  • For information about your agency’s telework policy you should first start with your agency telework coordinator.  If you are still unsuccessful, please contact your agency HR Department.
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  • Each individual agency has its own policies and procedures that determine how its employees may apply for a telework arrangement.   In general, most employees submit their telework application to their immediate supervisor.  For additional information, please refer to your agency telework policy, contact your agency telework coordinator, or visit your agency HR Department.
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  • It depends on the provisions the agency chooses to use in taking the performance-based action. If the agency uses the appraisal provisions, an opportunity period must be provided. If the agency uses the adverse action provisions, there is no specific requirement for an opportunity period.
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  • Telework.gov does not save certificates in a course profile, and we are unable to access completion certificates from previous training sessions. To generate the module certificates, you would need to complete each module again and save the final certificate. To close out each module, you must click on the Menu button at the top of the screen to return to the module selection page. A check mark should appear next to each completed section on the module selection page once you have completed the respective section. We recommend checking this functionality with the “Course Review” module before attempting to complete the course again. We advise that employees save each certificate for their records as certificates cannot be accessed after exiting the course window. If you complete the entire training in one session, an overall course certificate will be generated, however this certificate will not be accessible once you exit the course. Additionally, unless your agency specifically requires that the overall certificate be submitted, the five section certificates can be submitted as proof of completion of the course.
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