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4-13 Telework Policy Manual - Section I: Purpose and Applicability

Human Resources Department

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Approved: Board of Supervisors
Authority: Human Resources
Date: May 3, 2022

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I. Purpose and Applicability

The purpose of this policy and the procedures and guidelines contained herein is to authorize and define the scope of Telework to permit employees to work remotely from an alternative work location, and is applicable to all County of Sonoma departments and special districts and agencies including Sonoma Water, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Community Development Commission, and Sonoma County Fair and Exposition, Inc.

The County of Sonoma strives to be an employer-of-choice where employees have high levels of job satisfaction. Equally important for the County is the primary mission of serving the community. These values and objectives are not mutually exclusive and the County authorizes this policy as an alternative work option with the expectation that telework will not diminish the level of services and programs that County departments provide, and the County’s work culture will still foster employee collaboration, camaraderie, and innovation and that some level of in-person presence at the workplace supports these objectives. Telework is not intended to replace in-person services or decrease accessibility to services and programs, and does not replace the need for employees to report on-site for disaster worker assignments or for operational needs.

Telework is separate and distinct from mobile work. Departments with mobile work policies should continue to use those policies and agreements, as applicable.

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