On Wednesday, February 22, 2023, Jordan B. Schwartz and Darius Rohani-Shukla presented a webinar regarding Navigating the New Normal: Remote Work Challenges.
There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a significant surge in remote work nationwide, allowing more and more employees to work from their homes or some other location locally or in a completely different state from the employer’s brick and mortar location. This has created significant employment hurdles for employers because remote employees are generally subject to the laws of the city and state where they are physically located and perform work. Depending on state law and conflict of law principles, there may be exceptions for employees who are temporarily located in a state or not considered “based” within a state. But certainly for those who intend to continue to work from a different state on a more long-term basis, its likely that a particular state’s laws could apply.
And the challenges created by remote work are ones that are unlikely to disappear any time soon. Statistical projections show that by the end of 2022 remote work will make up about 25% of all jobs in North America. Notably, in 2021, about 67% of white-collar workers worked either partially or exclusively from home and almost 98% of remote workers surveyed said they would like to work remotely at least some of the time for the rest of their careers.