Working Time Compliance and Remote Working | Ireland

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many employers to require their employees to work remotely. This situation looks set to continue for many office-based businesses. The Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business outlines that employees who can perform their functions remotely should remain working remotely until phase 4, currently scheduled to commence on 20 July 2020. However, it is likely that many employees may need to continue working remotely for a variety of legitimate reasons which we have summarised here.

Employment rights, entitlements and obligations continue to apply during this extraordinary time. In this advisory, we will examine employer obligations under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 (“OWT Act”) and how these obligations are impacted by remote working, as well as our recommendations for employers to ensure compliance with the OWT while employees are remote working.


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