Friday August 14, 2020

No remote working for civil servants on ‘red list’ holidays

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform says policy is to ensure fair treatment of those who can’t work from home during post-travel quarantine

26th July, 2020
“Where there is an intention to undertake non-essential travel overseas,” the letter read, “all employees must make provision by way of annual leave or unpaid leave application for an additional period of restricted movement.”

Civil servants are not allowed to work remotely during their post-travel quarantine, according to a letter sent by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform last week.

The letter informed civil servants that they cannot work while quarantining for two weeks after travelling abroad for non-essential reasons, and must take annual or unpaid leave.

Almost 40,000 civil servants are employed by the state, with tens of thousands working remotely at the peak of the pandemic,...

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