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Ireland Government launch public consultation on flexible working hours

19:05  12 december  2019
19:05  12 december  2019 Source:   extra.ie

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The government has launched a consultation looking for the public’s views on flexible working.

This is part of Future Jobs Ireland, a government scheme to prepare Irish businesses and workers for the future.

As part of the initiative, the government wants to hear from employers, employees, and trade unions.

This is a chance for the public to share opinions on their current work arrangements as well as potential changes they’d like to see.

Also to be discussed is the impact of technology, the workplace, family and society on potential flexible work arrangements.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys launched the consultation on Wednesday morning.

Heather Humphreys smiling for the camera: Minister Heather Humphries lead the launch of the public consultation on flexible work. Pic: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Minister Heather Humphries lead the launch of the public consultation on flexible work. Pic: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Minister Humphries said ‘we need to be more creative about how we look at the world of work.’

‘Flexible working has the potential to bring huge benefits to employers and employees alike. It can improve work/life balance and make things a bit easier for families.’

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The potential flexible work options could include working compressed hours, working remotely, and access to flexi-time.

a group of people sitting at a table using a laptop: A new flexible working hours policy could be in place by 2020. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) © Provided by Extra.ie A new flexible working hours policy could be in place by 2020. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

We are seeking to develop a policy that takes account of the needs of families, particularly those with young children, of individuals, including those with disabilities, and of the broader economy.’

The government will accept written submissions and answers to their short survey until 31 January 2020.

As a result, all responses will go towards developing a policy on flexible working in 2020.

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