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31% Of People Think Workers Should Be Entitled To Remote Working After 1 Year.

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Govt. wants to introduce a new law giving workers the right to request to remote work

31 per cent of people think employees should be with a company for a year before being allowed to work from home.

The Government has sought the views of the public as it works to introduce a new law giving workers the right to request to remote work.

Kacey O'Riordan reports

"The new law will give both employers and employees a legal framework to deal with a request to work remotely. If the request is decline it will ensure there is a valid stated reason.

175 people, mainly individual workers, made a submission to the Dept of Enterprise, Trade and Employment on the proposed legislation.

They were asked how long they felt employees should be with a company before they should be entitled to make a request to work from home.

31 per cent answered 1 year, while 25 per cent believed there should be no minimum timeframe.

When asked what should be considered a reasonable reason for refusing a request, 38 per cent of respondents said the physical nature of the job, while 9 per cent said if the role was customer facing, and just 4% considered that there are no reasonable grounds for refusal of a request."

Dr Laura Bambrick from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions explains what the new legislation will mean for employers.

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