The government must introduce legislation that gives workers a legal right to work remotely – not merely the right to request flexible working arrangements, according to the Social democrats
The government has said it will this week publish legislation that gives people a statutory right to ‘request working from home’.
Social Democrats Enterprise Spokesperson Catherine Murphy said:
“This does not go far enough. The default position should be that flexible working is permissible. It should not be at the whim of employers to accept it or reject it.
“A change like this could be truly transformative, particularly for women, disabled people and carers – many of whom have been forced to give up work, or locked out of the jobs market, because of the absence of a statutory right to work remotely…
“…The right to remote working is also of crucial importance to ease housing pressure in urban areas and to facilitate rural regeneration.”