The Telework Agreement says my workspace must allow for confidentiality of phone calls and computer work if required by my job duties. Does this mean my kids or other household members cannot be present in the room that I'm teleworking in?

December 16, 2020

It depends. If your job duties require you to conduct meetings or phone calls about confidential subjects (e.g., patients, students, legal matters, other employees), you need to be able to conduct those phone calls and meetings privately. Working from home does not change or negate an employee's obligation to maintain strict confidentiality of certain information. If your family care obligations prevent you from meeting these requirements, you are encouraged to talk to HRS or to your supervisor about flexible scheduling or taking advantage of leave flexibilities offered by the University System of Maryland.