Public consultation on guidance for remote working

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation is conducting a public consultation to inform the delivery of guidance on remote working for both employers and employees.


In December 2019 the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation published Remote Work in Ireland, a report on the prevalence and types of remote working solutions in Ireland, the attitudes towards them and influencing factors for employees and employers when engaging with these solutions.

The Remote Work in Ireland report found a need for national guidance for employers seeking to engage with remote working solutions. Following its publication, DBEI committed to the production of this guidance.

Much has changed since the publication of the report. Amid the COVID-19 crisis those who could conceivably work from home have been encouraged to do so, resulting in an unprecedented instance of mass homeworking. In addition to the existing guidance in place, new guidance was been released from a number of sources to advise employers and employees on the practicalities of short-term homeworking.

DBEI has captured this information in the Guidance for Working Remotely during COVID-19.

What is remote working?

The Remote Work in Ireland report found that the term ‘remote work’ can refer to a wide range of different working arrangements. The definition used for this research, has been taken from the 2020 European Framework Agreement as a

form of organising and/or performing work, using information technology, in context of an employment contract/relationship, where work, which could also be performed at the employer’s premises, is carried out away from those premises on a regular basis’.

Remote working includes both working from home or working from another location that is not your office, for example: 

  • a hub
  • an enterprise, innovation or community hub
  • a co-working space
  • working while travelling
  • a mixture of locations, e.g. home/office, home/hub, office/hub 

What are we consulting on?

The Remote Work in Ireland report found that employers and employees needed more guidance in order to increase the uptake of remote working. In particular the report highlighted the areas of:

  • equality
  • health and safety
  • employment rights and the right to disconnect
  • data protection
  • training 

In response to the unprecedented number of people working from home as a result of COVID-19, DBEI has published guidance for working remotely during COVID-19 detailing where information can be found on each of these areas.

We want to know how we can further build on this guidance by addressing key areas of concern for employers and employees when it comes to remote working.

 For example:

  • Is the current guidance suitable?
  • Does the current guidance provide clarity?
  • How could the current guidance be improved?
  • Are there further areas on which employers need guidance?
  • Are there further areas on which employees need guidance? 

What will the government do with your responses?

The information we receive will be used to shape public policy on remote working. We will use the insights and feedback arising from your submissions to further refine remote working guidance for employers and employees. 

Have your say

Make a written submission by email or post. The closing date for receipt of submissions is 7 August 2020.

If you wish to submit a written submission via email please send it to:

If you wish to submit a written submission via post please send it to:

Remote Working Guidance Consultation,

Enterprise Strategy, Competitiveness and Evaluations Division,

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation,

23 Kildare Street,

Dublin 2.

If you are making a written submission it is recommended that you review the Remote Work in Ireland report. 

Topics: The Business Environment, Remote Working