Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (25)

Thomas Gould

Question:

25. Deputy Thomas Gould asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when he will publish the report on working from home. [2615/21]

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Written answers (Question to Enterprise)

As our country continues to navigate Covid-19, remote working has become more important than ever before.

To date, my Department has had a strong focus on the topic of remote work. Last year as a response to COVID-19, my Department launched a Public Consultation on Remote Work Guidance and created a new guidance webpage for employers and employees.

Building on this work, my Department formed an Interdepartmental Group to steer the delivery of a National Remote Work Strategy. This Strategy was published last week.

The objective of the Strategy is to ensure that remote working is a permanent feature in the Irish workplace in a way that maximises economic, social and environmental benefits. The report is built on three pillars which are bolstered by underpinning conditions. These pillars are:

- Create a Conducive Environment

- Develop and Leverage Remote Work Infrastructure

- Build a Remote Work Policy and Guidance Framework

Under these pillars and underpinning conditions there are 15 actions to progress remote working into the future. Departments and agencies will deliver these actions over the course of 2021 with progress updates being reported to my Department.