The Government will today launch a public consultation process on guidelines for remote working, which has increased significantly due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The guidelines are intended to address issues arising from remote working, including health and safety, employment rights and data protection.

Since the pandemic struck earlier this year, the world of work has changed dramatically, with thousands of workers now operating from home. 

But this raises a range of issues, including health and safety, insurance, data protection, privacy, and the right to disconnect - not to mention higher utility bills for workers.

Earlier this week, the Financial Services Union called for urgent Government action to develop guidelines on remote working - and today the Government will launch a public consultation process aimed at doing that.

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar described the pandemic as an "accelerator of change that was coming".

He said that if done right, remote working could deliver huge benefits in terms of reduced business costs and greenhouse gas emissions along with better work-life balance due to time saved on commuting - with a big dividend for the regions.

The deadline for submissions from employers and employees is 7 August.

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