Irish employees to have legal right to ask to work from home

Irish employees will have a legal right to ask to work remotely by September of this year.

It’s one of the targets outlined in the state’s first National Remote Work Strategy, which is published by the Tánaiste this morning.

Leo Varadkar also says he wants to fast-track the National Broadband Plan by up to two years.

The Enterprise Minister says he wants as many people as possible to be able to work remotely, when the Covid-19 pandemic’s over.

“At the moment there’s nothing stopping people asking their employer if they can work from home or work from a remote hub, or even do blended working.

“What we’re going to do is bring in a law which requires their employer to examine their request fairly, and to give reason of refusal if they do refuse.

“And of course if the employee is not happy with that, they have the possibility then of making a complaint to the Workplace Relations Commission”.


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