Many Baltimore County employees will be able to work from homeup to half the time under a telecommuting policy announced Tuesday by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

The county will offer telecommuting to workers in all agencies. Kamenetz said telecommuting will benefit the environment, make employees happier and increase productivity.

Not all employees' work can be done fromhome, officials said.

Employees will be able to apply in January. Those who are approved will be able to work remotely up to five days for every two-week pay period. They must have access to Internet and phone at home, officials said.

County spokeswoman Ellen Kobler said the applications will be reviewed by employees' supervisors and their agency's management, and must be approved by the county's human resources and information-technology directors.

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