Written answers

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Departmental Staff

Photo of Aodhán Ó RíordáinAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour)
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120. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if her Department has adopted the Workplace Relations Commission Code of Conduct on the Right to Disconnect; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53811/21]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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The WRC’s Code of Practice provides guidance on best practice to organisations and their employees on the Right to Disconnect. It is not a question of organisations adopting the WRC Code of Practice but a question of working up their own tailored policy. As stated in the Code of Practice, employers should engage proactively with employees and/or their trade union or other employees’ representatives to develop a Right to Disconnect Policy that takes account of the particular needs of the organisation and its workforce.

Discussions are underway among several departments to develop cross-departmental guidance in order to support individual departments to develop their Right to Disconnect policies.


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