This article pertains to telecommuting locations and tax withholding during the COVID-related WFH period. Last updated February 12, 2021. 

This update is intended for B Lab employees living and working in the United States.  People & Operations has received a number of questions regarding whether employees working remotely in a different state can continue to do so in the future, as well as the tax implications associated with telecommuting.   B Lab is not able to support permanent geographic relocations at this time and when our offices reopen we will expect employees to return to work in those offices while maintaining some flexibility and under careful health and safety guidelines.   This article is intended to help answer additional questions.  

Please keep in mind that this article is not exhaustive; the POps team is happy to answer questions and provide support to teams for any information not covered by this article. Please reach out to us with any questions by opening a new ticket - ticket responses are added to the FAQs section below on a regular basis. 

US Employee Residency and Re-locations During COVID-19 Closure

I am based in one region (ex. New York) but am currently working remotely in another state.  Can I continue doing this permanently?  

No.  B Lab will not be supporting any geographic relocations at this time.  Employees are required to maintain their pre-pandemic (or current) domiciles even if temporarily working in another location. 

Where I am currently working is not the same as my domicile.  Does this change my tax or unemployment withholdings or payments?

No.  B Lab will continue to withhold and remit federal, state, &  local taxes and state unemployment contributions for employees in the same manner as before any pandemic-related temporary relocation.  

I worked remotely for a period in another state and now I am back to my domicile. Do I owe any taxes to the other state?

Possibly, depending on each state’s laws and regulations.  B Lab recommends that you consult with your accountant or tax advisor to determine your taxation obligations to any state in which you’ve been working remotely. 

I am moving or changing my domicile from one apartment/house to another within my state.  Should I notify People & Culture and update my address in Namely? 

Yes.  Relocation from one city/town to another might impact your city/local tax obligation, and this change will be handled in the payroll system per the effective date you submit.

Will B Lab require employees to come back to the office?   

B Lab will keep all offices closed at least through March 2022.  When B Lab reopens one or more of its offices, B Lab will notify employees that the office is ready for re-occupancy and will provide details on the safety protocols for office usage.  Employees working elsewhere at that time will have sixty (60) days to make arrangements to return to the office. We will provide additional guidance for those that require flexibility to work remotely for various reasons, including childcare needs. 

Will B Lab transition to home-shored (full-remote) work in 2021? 

Yes. B Lab will not return to offices in 2021. We will be evaluating its remote work policies in Q4 of 2021.  We will update staff promptly of any new plans or policy changes. 

Will B Lab be giving up its office spaces? 

At this time, B Lab has no plans to surrender any current US offices. 

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