Many employers—including churches—offered remote-work options even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Many churches were willing to accommodate employees who were just as happy and effective working from home.
Many employers typically are comfortable with exempt employees working remotely. Those are the employees not bound by the 40-hour workweek and not entitled to overtime.
But employers struggle with how to build systems that allow nonexempt employees—those bound by the 40-hour workweek and entitled to overtime pay—to work remotely and still meet all the regulatory standards.
Categories of employees
Before reviewing tips for handling a remote workforce, it is good to review the three categories of employees in light of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, and recordkeeping standards, among other things. There are three categories ...