19 March 2024
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Introduction of the Code of Practice on Remote Working and Flexible Working in Ireland

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The eagerly awaited Irish Code of Practice regarding a right to request a remote working arrangement and a right to request a flexible working arrangement for caring purposes was published on 7 March 2024.  The Code has now mobilised provisions of the Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023 (the 2023 Act) which was signed into law in April 2023.  

Equality in Ireland

According to a survey carried out last year, women have a higher preference for remote work and three times more women than men work part-time, with the rising costs of childcare being a key contributory factor.  The disability employment gap in Ireland is one of the largest in Europe.  Only around one-third of persons aged between 15-64 with disabilities has a job with an estimated 400,000 disabled people in Ireland currently available for work.  

Increasing the participation of women and employees with disabilities in the labour market are the main objectives of the EU Directive that was transposed into Irish law by the 2023 Act.  The Code of Practice reflects these principles and can be used as evidence in disputes, so it is important that the parties understand and observe its provisions.  

Remote Working Requests
Compliance with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
Written agreement of Remote Working Arrangement
Appeal from a decision to terminate the arrangement

Similar provisions for arrangements for remote working and flexible working for caring purposes

Our chart illustrates the similarities between the provisions under the 2023 Act and the Code in relation to both types of arrangement.

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