Written answers

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Departmental Staff

Photo of Aodhán Ó RíordáinAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour)
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104. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his Department has adopted the Workplace Relations Commission Code of Conduct on the Right to Disconnect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53813/21]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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My Department views the right to disconnect as essential in supporting the wellbeing and work-life balance of our colleagues. The Department is fully compliant with the obligations under the Organisation of Working Time Act and has taken careful note of the Code of Practice on the Right to Disconnect.

The Civil Service Human Resources Policy Division are currently developing the new draft Civil Service Blended Working Framework which will incorporate the Right to Disconnect.

Once this Framework is published, my Department will be introducing our Departmental Blended Working Policy which will focus inter alia on promoting achievement of Departmental strategies and service delivery alongside wellbeing, work-life balance and the right to disconnect.

Our approach is also guided by the Civil Service wide Health and Wellbeing Framework which emphasises the Civil Service’s commitment to safeguard and prioritises employee wellbeing.


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