Legislation will only allow the right to request remote work

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The government has rejected calls for the right to remote work. Instead, they legislate for the right to request homework.

Hundreds of thousands of workers are now returning to the office in a phased manner.

Employers will be able to approve or reject remote work requests under the legislation to be considered before the Dail today.

The bills provide that an employee will be able to challenge the grounds for being denied remote work, both internally and then through the Industrial Relations Board.

The Irish Trades Union Congress has highlighted that many workers will need remote working arrangements due to health concerns associated with Covid-19.

While opposition politicians have decried an employer’s right to refuse remote work.

The general consensus between the parties is that the right to remote work should be discussed rather than the right to request it.

Dr Laura Bambrick of the Irish Trades Union Congress outlines what the Bill will offer workers.

“It would give us details like how long you have to be with your employer before you are eligible for this request and how long your employer has to respond to this request.

“And if they refuse your request, they must put the reasons in writing.

“If you’re not happy, you can challenge that either through the internal process or you can take your case to the WRC.”

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