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 Maeve McElwee:

-----have said to us that elements of remote working will be very important and they want to see that coming through.

In looking at the costs, we know they will be very different. We have not done a specific survey on the costs, but as an employers' organisation, we clearly understand our obligations under legislation and we understand where penalties lie under legalisation. There will be penalties around making sure we have the clocking and time recording system adequately in place. There will be penalties under miscellaneous provisions if we cannot demonstrate the hours people are working when they are clocking in and out. I am not saying people have to be on site for that. I am saying there have to be mechanisms in place to do that. There are costs around data protection breaches that we have to introduce so-----