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New laws will give employees in Ireland the option to permanently work from home

People will have a legal right to seek to work from home in the future under Government plans being announced on Friday.

The Government says it will legislate to provide employees with the right to request their employer allow them work remotely.

It will also introduce a new legally admissible code of practice on the right to disconnect from work, covering phone calls, emails and switch-off time.

The Government has also proposed that working from home should be the norm for up to 20 per cent of staff in the public service, but accepts this is an average figure and could pose challenges in frontline areas such as health.

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