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Why do I still hear the Federal Trip-Reduction rules still mentioned?

On December 23, 1995, President Clinton signed a bill that dramatically changed the terms of the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act which were responsible for mandated employer trip-reduction programs. Contrary to what many people believe, there never was anything in that Act which required telecommuting - it was a recommended way to meet trip-reduction goals.

This bill made reductions in the number of car-commuter trips in severely polluted areas voluntary, instead of mandatory. Thus, most of the pressure from the Federal level is off, but regional or state rules may well still be in effect. No doubt, telecommuting still is a great way to get cars off the road and pollution out of our lungs - but the most compelling reasons for employers have little to do with mandates and everything to do with saving money, improving staff effectiveness, reducing office space needs, extending hours of customer service, and recruiting and retaining quality employees.

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