Bracewell’s Bob Nichols discussed with Forbes contributor, Laurel Farrer, how the new mobile workforce is not currently protected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Established to reduce workplace injuries, OSHA’s current policies will not hold employers liable for employees’ home offices.
“There are inherent safety benefits to working from home, especially the decrease of traffic accidents on expressways during high commuting hours. But those automatic rewards, along with previously-existing resources, are the only support we can expect for now. In terms of enforcing and regulating safety criteria in offsite workspaces, we’re not going to see a solution from OSHA and other federal agencies for a while,” explained Nichols.