Right to Disconnect: Code of Practice Announced
Last week the new Code of Practice on the Right to Disconnect was announced by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. This new Code of Practice affords employees the right to disconnect from work, including work communications, when outside of working hours. While failure to comply with the Code of Practice is not an offence in itself, it can be referenced before the Workplace Relations Commission and Labour Courts. The Code seeks to offer guidance and support for employees and employers on integrating a Right to Disconnect Policy and can be found here.
Dublin Chamber made a submission in response to the public consultation on the Right to Disconnect in January this year, stressing the need for the Code of Practice to allow for flexibility so that employees and employers can accommodate modern working practices and business operations, and the operational needs of international businesses. The new Code of Practice makes significant and positive reference to the need for flexibility to suit global business needs the varying operational requirements of different businesses. You can read Dublin Chamber's submission here.