Virginia Governor Announces New Telecommuting Policy

Gov. Glenn Youngkin announces new telecommuting policy focused on innovation and teamwork

RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced a new Commonwealth telecommuting policy focused on Virginia state employees returning to the workplace. In accordance with pre-pandemic guidance and updated guidance from Departments of Labor and Industry, authorities will establish work schedules in line with the Commonwealth Teleworking Policy and Standard Teleworking Agreement.

“After listening to the needs of Virginians, discussing solutions with agency leaders across the government, and closely monitoring the pandemic, we are excited to personally welcome our employees this summer. We know that creative, innovative and effective solutions for all Virginians come through regular face-to-face interactions among our incredible workforce here in the Commonwealth. We’re breaking a new path that values ​​innovation and teamwork, updating Virginia’s telecommuting policy for the first time in more than a decade. From day one, my commitment to world-class government that serves all Virginians has been clear. These updates balance the needs of government services with the needs of our public employees,” said Gov. Glenn Youngkin.

The policy developed provides options for and supports the use of teleworking where appropriate. All employees with ongoing telework contracts must apply for telework options with the new standard telework contract.

Key Dates:

  • Applications Open (Friday, May 6th, 2022): The Standard Telecommuting Agreement will be available on the DHRM website and open for applications on Friday, May 6th.
  • Application Deadline (Friday, May 20, 2022): Recommended deadline for all agreement requests.
  • Review period (Friday, June 3, 2022): Individual applications will be reviewed by June 3, 2022.
  • Return to Office Date (Tuesday, July 5, 2022): All employees will return to their on-site work function full-time unless specified in an approved/executed standard telecommuting arrangement.

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