State Personnel Relations

ORS 240.855

  • state policy
  • agencies to adopt written policies
  • identification of barriers and solutions


As used in this section:


“State agency” means any state office, department, division, bureau, board and commission, whether in the executive, legislative or judicial branch.


“Telecommute” means to work from the employee’s home or from an office near the employee’s home, rather than from the principal place of employment.


It is the policy of the State of Oregon to encourage state agencies to allow employees to telecommute when there are opportunities for improved employee performance, reduced commuting miles or agency savings.


Each state agency shall adopt a written policy that:


Defines specific criteria and procedures for telecommuting;


Is applied consistently throughout the agency; and


Requires the agency, in exercising its discretion, to consider an employee request to telecommute in relation to the agency’s operating and customer needs.


Each state agency that has an electronic bulletin board, home page or similar means of communication shall post the policy adopted under subsection (3) of this section on the bulletin board, home page or similar site.


The Oregon Department of Administrative Services, in consultation with the State Chief Information Officer and state agencies, shall work to identify barriers to telecommuting for state employees and identify solutions to promote telecommuting. [Formerly 283.550; 2019 c.278 §22]
Note: 240.855 (Telecommuting) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 240 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
Chapter 240

Notes of Decisions

Effect of Public Employes Relations Act is to modify authority of Personnel Division so that, while division retains responsibility for establishing general job salary grades and classifications, specific salary within each range which is paid to employe in public employe bargaining unit is subject to negotiation or arbitration under terms of ORS chapter 243. AFSCME v. Executive Dept., 52 Or App 457, 628 P2d 1228 (1981), Sup Ct review denied

Completed Citations

Beistel v. Pub. Employe Relations Bd., 6 Or App 115, 486 P2d 1305 (1971)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Changing regular eight-hour day and 40-hour week without overtime pay, (1972) Vol 35, p 1291; state agencies paying carpooling employes' parking fees, (1974) Vol 36, p 1015; uniform collective bargaining agreements for like classes of employes, (1978) Vol 38, p 1694; employe classification of deputy public defenders, (1979) Vol 39, p 726

Law Review Citations

51 OLR 38 (1971); 16 WLR 341 (1979)


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