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Department seeks views of employees and employers on Remote Working Guidance

Public Consultation launched on Remote Working Guidelines

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation is today (Thursday) launching a public consultation on updated guidelines for remote working. It follows publication by the Department of guidance for employers and employees on working remotely in the context of COVID-19.

The Department’s report on Remote Work in Ireland (published at the end of 2019) looked at the prevalence and types of remote working solutions here, the attitudes towards them and the factors that influenced employees and employers when considering remote working.

The report identified a need for national guidance on remote working, particularly on the issues of equality; health and safety; employment rights and the right to disconnect; data protection and training. 

Much has changed since the publication of this report. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, those who can work from home have been encouraged to do so, resulting in unprecedented numbers of people remote working, many for the first time.

The Department has published Guidance for Working Remotely during COVID-19 online, and now wants to hear from employers and employees on how this can be built upon.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD, said: 

Covid-19 disrupted our working lives and threw many of us into working from home or remotely for the very first time. We learned quickly what was possible by using modern technology. It’s been an accelerator of change that was coming and while we all want to be free to return to our workplaces, we don’t want to go back to things exactly as they were.

The Government wants remote working and home working to become part of the new normal. If done right, the benefits will be huge; reduced business costs, better work-life balance especially for parents, less traffic, fewer greenhouse gas emissions and time saved on the commute.  There are also real benefits for rural Ireland with many more people able to work for big companies and public bodies from home or from remote working hubs. This will mean an increased local spend. And, of course, it’s not an either or. For some a mix of working remotely and from their base will become the new way of doing things.

I encourage employers and employees alike to engage with this consultation and make their views known on the guidance they need to fully embrace remote work.”

ENDS 

Notes to Editor:

Remote working includes both working from home or working from another location that is not your office, for example:

  • a hub
  • an enterprise, innovation or community hub
  • a co-working space
  • working while travelling
  • a mixture of locations, e.g. home/office, home/hub, office/hub 

Written submissions can be made electronically to

RemoteWorkingGuidance@dbei.gov.ie

Or by post to the following address:

Remote Working Guidance Consultation Enterprise Strategy Competitiveness Evaluations Division Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation 23 Kildare Street Dublin 2

The closing date for submissions is August 7th 2020.

ENDS

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) plays a key role in implementing the Government’s policies of stimulating the productive capacity of the economy and creating an environment which supports job creation and maintenance. The Department has lead responsibility for Irish policy on global trade and inward investment and a remit to promote fair competition in the marketplace, protect consumers and safeguard workers.

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