Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 2 March 2022
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
General Scheme of the Right to Request Remote Work Bill 2022: Discussion (Resumed)
Ms Patricia King:
The application from the worker would set out what he or she is looking for, whether two, three or five days of remote working or a whole remote working scenario, as I understand it. That would be the grounds on which the employer would then respond. It might be the case that if we had reformed legislation, the employer could say, "I will not agree to five days' remote working because that would not suit our business at all, but we can arrange for two days or one day.". Again, if a worker did not think that fair, he or she could take an appeal on reasonable grounds to the WRC. None of those options are available in the Bill as drafted. We wish to have those pieces included in any scrutiny the committee carries out in order to try to get a resolution to this.