Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Questions (360)

Jennifer Whitmore

Question:

360. Deputy Jennifer Whitmore asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if his Department has established a working from home policy for its employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13541/20]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

My Department’s HR policies and practices are governed by Circulars and guidance set centrally by the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform (DPER), including employment terms and conditions, and also Circular 4 of 2003 which promotes e-working in the Civil Service.

During the current Covid-19 pandemic my Department is closely following the guidance that all those who can work from home should do so. As the Country moves through a phased return to work, my Department will continue to implement work practices which are in line with public health and safety, and DPER’s guidelines on ‘Working from Home during COVID-19 – Guidance for Civil Service Organisations’ will also assist my Department as long as necessary to address the health and safety risks of COVID-19.