Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Ceisteanna (548)

Jennifer Whitmore

Ceist:

548. Deputy Jennifer Whitmore asked the Minister for Health if his Department has established a working from home policy for its employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13539/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

In line with the current Government directive, my Department has arranged that the majority of staff are working from home, except for those employees who are essential in the workplace. 

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is due to issue central guidelines for civil service organisations (Working from Home during COVID-19 - Guidance for Civil Service Organisations) which will assist all Departments in our implementation and management of remote working during the pandemic. 

In the longer term, we are collaborating with our colleagues in other Government Departments and with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to the central development of a formal remote working policy in the civil service.