Labour Court rules banks should offer remote jobs, not redundancies

The legal ruling, the first of its kind, could prove important if banks attempt to close more rural branches

22nd November, 2020
Labour Court rules banks should offer remote jobs, not redundancies
Bank of Ireland is reducing its workforce by about 1,400 staff through voluntary redundancy. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Banks planning to axe staff should consider offering them remote working opportunities instead, according to a Labour Court ruling.

In an adjudication last week on the plan by KBC to make staff at four of its banking hubs redundant, the court said that shifting staff to remote working positions offers a viable alternative in some locations.

It is believed to be the first time the Labour Court has suggested that remote working provides an alternative...

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