Requests for telecommuting submitted by individual SAO employees are considered on a case-by-case basis.
A request to telecommute is reviewed and approved by the employee's immediate supervisor with the concurrence of the Associate Director (for scientific divisions), the Deputy Director for Administration (for administrative departments) or the Deputy Director for Science (for other cases). The request is then reviewed by the Human Resources Department Manager. Based upon considerations including SI and SAO regulations and practice across SAO, the HR Department Manager makes a recommendation to the AD, DDA, or DDS, who approves or disapproves of the request. In addition, the employee must complete and submit the Telework Home Office Safety Checklist.
The telecommuting arrangement is for a specified length of time (e.g., 3 months) and for a defined schedule (e.g., Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri - office; Thurs - remote). Telecommuting agreements, generally, may be made for up to one year. The criterion used to determine the feasibility of telecommuting is whether or not such an agreement is in the interest of SAO that the individual work from a remote location. Supervisors and managers should determine the types of agreements and schedules that will best suit their respective organizational needs.
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