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Relating to authority for certain state employees to work flexible hours and to work from home or other authorized alternative work sites.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 1032 makes changes to Chapter 658 of the Government Code. Specifically, this bill would permit state agency employees, with approval from their supervisors, to work from an alternative worksite and they may do so outside of regular working hours. To implement this new provision, the bill would have the administrative head of a state agency adopt new policies that would allow employees to work from alternative works sites.
No changes have been made to this bill in House committee. The second chamber sponsor is Rep. Celia Israel.
First chamber recommendation:
Currently, state law prohibits state employees from working at home without prior consent from the administrator of a state agency. Moreover, laws also set the regular office hours for these agencies. By allowing state employees to telecommute for work, much efficiency could abound, from improved worker output to the reduced traffic congestion.
We stand neutral on SB 1032 because it does not hinder our five liberty principles, as any potential benefits to the state remain speculative. However, we caution that any new policies allowing state employees to telecommute should also include oversight measures to ensure that employees working remotely are doing the work they are paid to do.