Tánaiste Leo Varadkar launched #MakingRemoteWork campaign

The increase in home working as a result of COVID-19 has brought remote workingto the forefront of working life. The adoption of remote work was already increasing in Ireland, COVID-19 has greatly accelerated this trend making remote
work a central part of the workplace today and into the future.

National Remote Work Strategy is that plan and its implementation will be driven by Department of Tánaiste.

Among the main actions to take are

  • Mandating that home and remote work should be the norm for 20 percent of public sector employment
  • Reviewing the treatment of remote working for the purposes of tax and expenditure in the next Budget
  • Mapping and investing in a network of remote working hubs across Ireland
  • Legislating for the right to request remote working
  • Developing a code of practice for the right to disconnect
  • To accelerate the provision of high-speed broadband to all parts of Ireland

The Government’s vision is to ensure remote working is a permanent feature in the Irish workplace in a way that maximises economic, social and environmental benefits.

To achieve this, the national Remote Work Strategy is built on three pillars which will be bolstered by underpinning conditions. In each of these areas there are immediate actions to be undertaken which will progress remote working now and inform decision-making into the future.

The cost of these actions will be met within existing and planned resource envelopes.

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