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18.12.2020

WRC seeks submissions on right to disconnect

By Amie Doran

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has announced that it’s undertaking a public consultation as part of its process for drafting a new Code of practice on the “right to disconnect”.

The Code will set out guidance for employees and employers with regard to best practice. It will also consider employee disengagement outside normal working hours.

The WRC is preparing The Code further to a request by Tánaiste and Employment Minister Leo Varadkar. Once The Code is in place, it’s intended to be admissible in evidence before a:

  • Court
  • WRC adjudication officer
  • Labour Court hearing

Coronavirus and the influence of remote working

The coronavirus pandemic has seen a large number of employers turn to remote working arrangements to maintain productivity. This trend looks set to continue and become a more long-term system of working.

The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 outlines daily and weekly working time limits. However, there’s little guidance on managing remote workers.

It’s difficult to predict the extent of the guidelines the new Code will contain. But, it does look likely that remote working will be a major HR issue for employers in 2021.

Submissions deadline

Submissions to the consultation should be sent to the WRC by 5pm on January 22nd, 2021. They should be marked “Right to Disconnect” and sent to finbarr.kiely@workplacerelations.ie.

Postal submissions can be sent to Finbarr Kiely, Workplace Relations Commission, Lansdowne House, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4, D04A3A8.

Need further advice on the right to disconnect?

If you need further advice on the right to disconnect, speak to an expert now on 01 886 0350 or request a callback here.

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