IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The reader is advised that the material contained on this page is meant as a summary only! It in no way represents a comprehensive discourse on the topic. The reader must read the current negotiated agreement between USPTO Management and POPA for a thorough and complete understanding of the topic. If there are questions or a need for further assistance, then the reader is also advised to contact their POPA representative or a POPA officer.
POPA employees currently have a variety of telework opportunities and must meet eligibility requirements to participate:
- Patents Telework Program (one day per week, two years of USPTO experience, at least a GS12).
- Patents Hoteling Program (full time telework, two years of USPTO experience, at least a GS12, high speed internet access).
- Hoteling Guidelines (not an agreement) and Settlement Agreement.
- Employees who live within a 50 mile radius and who change their duty station to their alternate worksite are not subject to the regular reporting requirement.
- Employees who maintain USPTO headquarters as their official duty station, and employees who live outside the 50 mile radius are required to report to USPTO headquarters twice a pay period.
- Telework Enhancement Act Pilot Program [internal link only] (full time telework, two years of USPTO experience, at least a GS12, high speed internet access) – Employees who participate in this program live outside the 50 mile radius of the USPTO and are not required to report to USPTO headquarters on a regular basis.
- Telework Program B – applies to Bargaining Unit (BU) members who are not Patent examiners, CRU examiners, PCT examiners, or Petitions examiners. This is an intermittent telework program.
Part-Time employees may also participate in the Patents Hoteling Program or Patents Telework Program.
There is also a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a Full-Time Telework Pilot Program for Supervisory Patent Examiners (SPEs) and Management Quality Assurance Specialists (MQASes).