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Telecommuting: A Trend in Reverse at Companies Large and Small?

More than 3 million people telecommute for their jobs. But some big corporations, such as Yahoo and Best Buy, are bucking the trend. Is telecommuting a trend in reverse? Or has the train already left the station?

“The subcontext to what Yahoo and Best Buy have done is that there are all sorts of hidden problems and tricky legal issues for working at home,” Haller said. “On top of that, collaboration in the workplace works better when face-to-face.” But, Rapaport countered, “If the employer has opened the door [for others] and my client is either denied that right or has had it taken away, that’s a catalyst for litigation.”

“I have three words of advice for companies that permit telecommuting,” Bond stated. “Keystroke monitoring technology.”

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