It used to be easy to plan and deploy networks for remote users. In the 1990s, those located in branch offices logged in with networks based largely on a simple design - Ethernet local area networks (LANs) for desktop computer connectivity and wide area network (WAN) routers connecting to central data centers. Few people worked from home, and enterprise remote access for teleworkers was rare.
A column highlighting recent telework news.
When the Telework Exchange Spring Town Hall Meeting is held on April 28, 2011, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., the technology practices and solutions that underpin successful telework initiatives will be front and center.
The Virginia General Assembly has been trying to codify a tax incentive for telework for several years, but this year, they finally did it. The bill, co-sponsored by first-term Virginia Del. Barbara Comstock and Virginia Sen. Mark Herring, provides employers across the Commonwealth with a tax credit of up to $1,200 per teleworking employee (up to a maximum of $50,000 per employer). The credit is designed to offset the costs incurred in evaluating, creating, or expanding a telework program. Gov. Bob McDonnell already stated that he will sign the bill.
The Department of Defense (DoD) has an enthusiastic senior advocate at the helm of telework - focused on programs, policies, and successful implementation of telework to support the many and varied missions of the largest Federal workforce of more than 800,000 defense employees worldwide. Telework Exchange is pleased to announce Mr. Pasquale (Pat) Tamburrino, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy, will deliver a featured keynote address on April 28th at the Spring Town Hall Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Concerned that opting for a regular or occasional telework schedule will force you to miss out on that specialty cup of coffee you have come to cherish every morning?
Well, no worries. Sitting down to an at-home cup of morning Joe does not have to translate into a choice between bitter instant granules or generic grounds from a can. The same companies that made coffee drinking a fashionable, anytime pursuit have turned their attention to the home front, apparently with teleworkers in mind.
U.S. Representative John Sarbanes just began his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland's 3rd District, which stretches from Reisterstown in the north, through parts of Baltimore, to Annapolis in the south. Sarbanes, a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and Committee on Natural Resources, was the original sponsor of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 (H.R. 1722) which President Barack Obama signed into law on December 9, 2010. Congressman Sarbanes recently spoke with The Teleworker about the new telework law, its impact on the environment and job creation, and how telework is changing the way government works.