Let's Talk Telework: Top 5 F.A.Q.

Telework is one of the key major victories we secured in our new CAPE contract last year.

Now that L.A. County has ended the COVID emergency declaration, and with the federal government moving to officially end the national COVID state of emergency in May, it’s time we take a deeper dive into how we move forward work-wise in a non-COVID world. 

Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Our New Telework Contract Article:

1. What exactly does our contract say about Telework?

Our new Telework article commits the County to expand telework in all Departments, establishes selection criteria guidelines, establishes the County’s responsibility for providing and maintaining materials and equipment, and provides for reimbursement to employees for required expenses incurred. Click here to read the full Telework contract language.

2. How does the Telework article of our contract affect me?

The new Telework article in our contract opens a path for our members to set a hybrid work schedule long-term. The article is based on operational needs and would allow each division to set their own office hours conducive to our work, as opposed to attempting to paint a one-size fits all approach that would risk our health and safety.

3. Can employees who were previously teleworking be required to come back to work?

The short answer is yes. Our new Telework article is based on operational needs. Supervisors will determine what type of office schedule is needed based on that operational need. If you have a question or concern about your assignment, you should first check in with your direct supervisor. If you feel you are unjustly being denied Telework, contact a CAPE Business Agent.

4. I never worked remotely during the pandemic. Does this new article mean I can start Teleworking?

No, not necessarily. There are a number of jobs that must be done in the office, field, and/or worksite locations.  If you believe that your job functions can operationally and efficiently be completed in a telework hybrid schedule, you should first check in and discuss it with your direct supervisor. If you feel you are unjustly being denied Telework, contact a CAPE Business Agent.

5. Can I be reimbursed for the materials I bought so that I can telework?

It is County Management’s responsibility to provide teleworking employees with the proper equipment needed to work remotely. If you are required to purchase specific materials or equipment, you must FIRST get authorization and approval from your supervisor. Employees who receive approval will be reimbursed for expenses incurred.