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Draft bill on telecommuting requirements ‘stacked in favor of employers’

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The draft bill on teleworking “is always in the interests of employers”, a Dáil committee will be notified today.

atricia King, Secretary General of the Irish Trades Union Congress, is expected to say that a new bill giving workers the legal right to request telework is seriously flawed.

She would say it makes absolutely no sense if it doesn’t allow workers to appeal a decision denying their request to the Workplace Relations Commission.

In her opening statement before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Business, Trade and Employment this morning, she will state employers do not want to introduce telework policies until the legislation is enacted.

She would say that “fit for purpose” legislation should be enacted immediately to ensure “the benefits from remote working are not lost”.

While most jobs require an in-person presence at work, she would say one in four employees worked from home during the first layoff.

She will say that working remotely has become mainstream in workplace issues.

Employees in Ireland always have the right to request telework, but do not have the right to have their request given due review or appeal a decision, Ms. King will tell the committee.

“For the vast majority of these workers and their employers, this is their first experience of working remotely and while it is challenging for some, the Basically, it has proven to be successful and there is now great demand to make this temporary arrangement permanent. . ”

She would say the legislation would bring the country in line with most EU states, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Ms King will note that the UK government is conducting a review of the right to claim telework legislation as the proportion of staff not doing flexible forms of work has fallen by just 4pc from 74pc to 70pc.

Meanwhile, an employer representative said that the proposal creating a criminal offense due to the lack of a teleworking policy should be removed from the bill.

In a submission to the committee, Ibec said the mandatory requirement was based on a misplaced assumption that the law could dictate a one-size-fits-all approach.

It claimed the burden of many of the costs of teleworking would rest with the employer.

It therefore calls on the Government to provide “appropriate support” along with the enactment of the law.

Ibec said that legislation at this stage is “too early” and could hinder the management of remote working “in an innovative and flexible way”.

It says that best practice guidance in the form of a code of practice will provide a more flexible and agile way to tackle the entire field.

The organization welcomes the extensive facilities under which businesses can review job applications from employees.

It raised concerns about being able to fully record employees’ hours while working remotely.

Ibec would like more information on employers’ obligations to provide a safe workplace and clear explanations from the Health and Safety Authority on carrying out a risk assessment for homes. of workers.

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