The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released new guidelines on remote work to address the reality that telecommuting can be an effective defense against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Since telework may remain the status quo for many companies, at least in the near future, the following DOL guidelines will help employers offer telework arrangements that comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): the answer depends on the specific language and requirements of the Agency`s telework policy. The Telework Improvement Act obliges each federal authority to include telework in its business continuity plans (CO-OP). To achieve the objectives of the act, many jurisdictions have adopted guidelines that expand the use of telework so that more of their employees who are willing to telework can be productive during government shutdowns in response to bad weather, special events and other emergencies. The Director of the Agency shall have the right to excuse the obligation to train staff who teleworked before 10 December 2010 as part of an agreement. It is recommended that OPDIV/STAFFDIVs provide up-to-date information on the law to released staff (i.e. employees who had a telework contract before 10 December 2010). . . .