(Recorded Webinar) Time and Effort for Teleworking

This course is closed to new enrollments.

Duration: 85 minutes
Webinar recorded on: 7/1/2020

In the wake of COVID-19, countless Head Start programs have sent their workforce home. Whether or not stay-at-home orders remain in place, teaching and caring for children from home may remain the new normal for some time. As a result, there are new risks for grant compliance in familiar areas such as federal grant personnel time and effort requirements. Unfortunately, we continue to see a lot of findings related to time and effort reporting, both from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) audits, and the ongoing public health emergency is likely to contribute to more findings in this area.

On this webinar, we will discuss the challenges of documenting the work your employees perform at home and any services your program furnishes remotely. Some common challenges for Head Start programs include:

  • Duties that cannot be done remotely
  • Duties that must be completed at specific times or within certain hours of the day (e.g., only during normal business hours)
  • Employees who cannot fill 100% of their time remotely
  • Employees that need to return to their physical place of work to perform a portion of their job duties

While your program may be able to forego or modify certain tasks for a time, longer term, most Head Start programs will need to make adjustments in the near future. One way to do this is by updating job descriptions to set reasonable and clear expectations of effort in order to ensure the goals of the Federal grant can be met. Or, your program may need to set mandatory core hours, with limited flexibility or exceptions for certain duties or staff.

It can be difficult to switch from onsite to remote tracking, especially if you are accustomed to seeing your employees every day and now may not see some at all, but there are way to manage the transition.

Target Audience

  • Executive Directors
  • Head Start Directors
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Finance and accounting personnel
  • Human Resources Directors

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be better able to:

  • Troubleshoot frequently asked questions about telework time and effort
  • Identify major legal risks related to inaccurate activity reporting
  • Implement best practices for time and effort reporting while employees telework
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 


Serving as Managing Partner of the firm since 2003, and a member of the Health Law and Federal Grants practices since 1992, Ted is a national authority in the area of federal grants, particularly in the health and community service spheres. He advises clients on all aspects of program requirements, including issues such as cost-based reimbursement, governance and the never-ending list of grant administration matters. Ted’s expertise in financial, cost reporting, reimbursement, and administrative issues is widely recognized and he routinely handles government audits, internal investigations, and litigation. [Full Bio]

Certificates of Attendance: We verify attendance upon completion of a webinar (live or recorded version) and will only issue certificates in the name of the account holder enrolled in the course. If you need to document attendance for someone other than the account holder, we provide blank Certificates of Attendance for a supervisor to sign and certify that a different individual viewed the course. 

Group Attendance: Due to the online nature of webinars, we cannot verify participation by more than one person. For groups, we provide an attendance record form and blank Certificates of Attendance to record attendance at a group viewing session and document each individual's participation. We recommend that a supervisor or colleague sign the certificate to certify attendance. 

Read more about maintaining an attendance record in our FAQs.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 Certificate of Attendance


Please login or register to take this course.

This course is closed to new enrollments.


Recorded webinars are available for 180 days after the date of purchase or date of the webinar. Once posted to your account, you can view this webinar anytime on-demand during the access period identified in your purchase confirmation. For additional information on viewing and accessing webinars, view our full terms and conditions here.


If you pay by credit card or PayPal, you will be able to access the recorded webinar immediately (unless the live webinar has not yet occurred). If you pay by check, we will grant access to the recording when we receive your check. You will receive a confirmation email once access is granted. FTLF reserves the right to suspend access to the webinar if payment is not received within 30 days. For more information on payments and registration, please visit our FAQ page.


No refunds will be provided for recorded webinars. FTLF can transfer a registration to someone else within your organization or, provided you have not already viewed the webinar, transfer the registration to another on-demand program. Where the registration fee for the new webinar is higher, you must also pay the difference between the original course and the new course registration fee at the time of transfer. Administrative fees may also apply. If your organization purchased a webinar under the account of a staff member who no longer works for your organization, please Contact Us. View our full policy on refunds and cancellations here.

Required Hardware/Software

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are the preferred browsers.