The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment is expecting to have the general scheme of the Bill in the next couple of weeks and is hoping to have the legislation enacted early in 2022.
The right to request remote working is part of a broader Government vision to make remote working a permanent feature of Ireland's workforce. The commitment to introduce legislation to underpin an employee's right to request remote working was made in the national remote work strategy published earlier this year. The pandemic has certainly brought remote working centre stage and work on this important legislation is well advanced.
The Bill will set out a clear framework to facilitate remote and blended work options, in so far as possible. It will ensure that when an Employer declines a request, he or she must give stated reasons for doing so.
Government recently published a report based on submissions made, which comprised submissions from workers, employers and various other stakeholders. The Tánaiste has confirmed that ‘the informed by the public consultation and a review of international best practice, the drafting of the general scheme of the Bill has commenced and I will be seeking Cabinet approval for the drafting of heads of Bill in quarter 4 of 2021. The Bill will be progressed through the Oireachtas as quickly as possible thereafter. The intention is to introduce a mechanism for Employees to request remote working that is fair but does not place undue burdens on Employers.”
While we wait for the next roadmap from the Government as well as the first opportunity to review Remote Working legislation, Employers have much planning to consider. Your team at Adare Human Resource Management is available to support you as you plan for the future of your business and what is best for your Employees.