Working from home encouraged during 'Summer of Hell'

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Some businesses are allowing their employees to work from home to avoid the expected hassle of commuting during the Long Island Rail Road's impending "Summer of Hell."

Marissa Espinoza commutes to work in Manhattan and is thrilled that the owner of her company is allowing employees to work from home or use their company's Long Island location during the service disruptions that will start Monday and are expected to last until September.

"Employers are being very accommodating because they know people are going to be late to work and miss meetings," Espinoza says. "It's a real hassle all around."

Some employers have set up satellite locations on the Island in order to ease the commute for their employees.

Diane Cahill, who owns Cahill Strategies and employs Espinoza, says that besides fully utilizing the company's Long Island location, she will also be using video conferencing as an alternative to meet with her Manhattan clients.

"We have actually turned to technology, which is something I wish the railroad would turn to -- fixing their technology," she says.

Cahill adds that she knows of other Manhattan companies that have made contingency plans for their Long Island employees because the delays are likely to cost time and money.

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