Employees to be given legal right to request home working

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Workers across Ireland will be given more freedom to work from home under a new government plan to make requesting remote working a legal right for employees.

Under the new Remote Work Strategy launched by An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, workers will be given the right to ask their employer to allow them work remotely – from home or from a shared co-working space.

Welcoming the publication of the Strategy today, Minister Heather Humphreys said that remote working will be a feature of the world of work in the future.

The Minister said that remote working, from home or in co-working spaces, will open up new possibilities for people living in rural Ireland.

“My Department is developing a national network of remote co-working spaces which will support companies and workers who want to access serviced remote working facilities across the country,” said Minister Humphreys.

“We are also developing an app which will enable workers to book a desk in any of the hubs in the network through a common booking engine.

“The Government has invested significantly in remote working hubs and enterprise spaces over the last number of years, including through my Department, and the Remote Working Strategy includes a commitment to make further significant investment in remote working infrastructure.”