As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, large numbers of office based employees in Ireland are working from home – a situation which looks set to continue into the foreseeable future. Following a public consultation during the summer, a National Strategy on Remote Work is due to be published by the end of this year and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has recently updated its guidance on remote working arrangements. Legislative proposals will touch upon the right to request remote working and the right to disconnect.
Themes which emerged from the public consultation reflect the issues many employers have been grappling with since remote working emerged on a large scale earlier this year. In this guide we outline the legal and practical considerations for employers with regard to remote working.