State agencies; telecommuting and alternative work schedules policy. (HB1020)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Secretary of Administration; state agencies; telecommuting and alternative work schedules policy; application to otherwise qualified persons with a disability. Provides that the statewide telecommuting and alternative work schedule policy established by the Secretary of Administration and such policies developed by each state agency, as required by the statewide policy, shall specify that it is an unlawful discriminatory practice for a state agency to refuse to allow an otherwise qualified person with a disability to telecommute or participate in alternative work schedules as a form of reasonable accommodation. The bill also requires the Secretary to convene an interagency work group to identify model policies from both the public and private sector, to be made publicly available for all businesses in the Commonwealth, that enable persons with disabilities to participate in the Commonwealth's workforce through telecommuting and alternative work schedules. Finally, the bill (i) prohibits state agencies from including the number of otherwise qualified persons with a disability who are allowed to telecommute as a form of reasonable accommodation in annual percentage targets for the number of positions eligible for telecommuting or alternative work schedules and (ii) requires state agencies, in their report to the Secretary on the status and efficiency of telecommuting and participating in alternative work schedules and with regard to specific related budget requests, to separately identify such required information and data for (a) otherwise qualified persons with a disability who telecommute as a form of reasonable accommodation and (b) all other eligible employees. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/12/2022Committee
01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102659D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/21/2022Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #1
01/24/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB1020)
02/03/2022Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (4-Y 3-N)
02/15/2022Left in General Laws

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