The Tanaiste says it’s not practical to give everyone a legal right to work from home

The government is to bring in a new law to allow employees to request remote working.

Anyone working for a company for more than 6 months can apply – and the employer has to respond within 3 months.

Workers whose request is turned down can appeal to the Workplace Relations Commission.

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar says opposition calls for a full right to work from home isn’t an option:

“That’s not practical. There are some jobs that just can’t be done from home or just can’t be done remotely. For example, construction, hospitality, care, most of retail, the transport sector, it just wouldn’t be possible to do those jobs from home and in other cases, it might be possible to do a job from home or remotely, but that would result either in very high costs being burdened on the employer, or potentially a diminution in services.”


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