AGENDA ITEM 5G
April 18, 2014
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 12-14, Personnel- Telecommuting - Amendments
enact the Bill with amendments.
Bill 12-14, Personnel - Telecommuting - Amendments, sponsored by Councilmembers
Berliner, Floreen, Riemer, Council Vice President Leventhal, and Councilmembers Eirich,
Andrews, and Navarro, was introduced on January 28, 2014. A public hearing was held by the
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee on February 11 and a
Committee worksession was held on February 26.
Bill 12-14 would require the County Executive to adopt a regulation to identify the
circumstances under which a County employee may telecommute and establish procedures that a
County employee must follow to obtain permission to telecommute. Councilmember Berliner
explained the purpose of this Bill in his January 14 memorandum describing his proposed
energy/environmental measures. See ©9.
Bill 29-07, enacted in 2008, created a Sustainability Working Group and charged this 26
member group with developing, among other things, a Telecommuting Action Plan. However,
the Working Group did not develop a Telecommuting Action Plan before the terms of each
member of the Working Group expired in 2011. No new members were appointed to the
Working Group. Bill 12-14 would move this responsibility from the defunct Working Group to
the Executive by requiring the Executive to adopt a telecommuting policy by Method 1
Telecommuting is a working condition that is subject to collective bargaining with the
union representing general County employees, MCGEO.
is unlikely that the fire and rescue
employees represented by the IAFF and the police officers represented by the FOP would be
eligible for telecommuting. The current MCGEO Agreement includes the following provision: