22 Jul '11, 4pm

Why doesn’t the U.S. government allow teleworking when it’s hot?

Feds are allowed to stay home when it snows, but not when it's so hot that the pavement is literally melting . Wha? Miles Grant of the National Wildlife Federation, writing in an unofficial capacity on his blog : If federal government workers were allowed to telework in the most extreme heat (say, on days when the heat index is forecast to be over 105), there would be several real benefits: Air quality. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is forecasting unhealthy air for the next few days thanks to a combination of heat and ozone pollution. With about 103,000 federal workers telecommuting in 2008, that's potentially a large number of tailpipes off the road. Easing transportation strain. On extreme heat days, cars break down more often and Metro cars without air conditioning become unbearable hot cars. More productive workers. If you have to start your day dr...

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