According to the American Community Survey, telecommuting has risen nearly 80 percent between 2005 and 2012, meaning some 2.6 percent of Americans are now working from home. That figure includes full-time employees, as well as those who only partially log hours from their own address.
While an increasingly mobile workforce has had a number of positives, it does have the potential to muddy the waters as far as workers' compensation is concerned. That's because it's much easier to prove an injury was work-related when it happens on the job site. But when injuries occur at someone's home - albeit, when they are working - it may be tougher to make a case.