The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has completed a draft code of practice for employers and employees on the right to request flexible and remote working.
The draft code has been submitted to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.
“The Minister is considering the code and consulting with the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth,” a spokesperson for the Department of Enterprise said.
“The code will be published following this work,” the Department said.
The code will set out practical guidance for employers and employees when it comes to requesting remote or flexible work.
Under the Work Life Balance Act, employers and employees will be making and considering requests for flexible or remote working under the code of practice.
There will be an obligation on the employer to consider both their needs and the needs of employees when assessing a request.
A complaint can be taken to the WRC where an employer has not complied with the code.
In November 2023, the European Commission warned that Ireland could face a fine over its failure to fully transpose the EU Work-Life Balance Directive.