The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD, has published Ireland’s first National Remote Work Strategy – ‘Making Remote Work – National Remote Work Strategy’. The aim is to make remote working a permanent option for life after the Covid pandemic.
Some of the key headline actions from the strategy include:
- Legislate to provide employees the right to request remote working
- Introduce Code of Practice on right to disconnect – covering calls, emails, switch off time
- Invest in remote work hubs
- Explore acceleration of National Broadband Plan
- Review remote working for purposes of tax and expenditure in next budget
- Lead by example by mandating that home/remote working should be norm for 20% of public sector employees
These actions are to be completed over the course of 2021. Download the full National Remote Work Strategy here to learn more: https://enterprise.gov.ie/en/Publications/Making-Remote-Work.html
The Government have also compiled a remote work checklist to ‘provide employers with a quick way to navigate the adoption of remote working arrangements’. Download checklist here: https://enterprise.gov.ie/en/Publications/Remote-Working-Checklist-for-Employers.html
Contact People Matters on [email protected] to discuss your remote working policy needs.