James McDermott: ‘Out of office’ is not a done deal just yet

Legislation permitting employees to ask not to show up is on the way, but the right to work from home is not guaranteed for everyone

Rod Phillips, the former Ontario Minister of Finance, resigned after posting pre-recorded messages creating the impression that he was at home when he was actually on holidays in the Caribbean

Woody Allen once claimed that in life, 80 per cent of success is simply about showing up on time. Our government disagrees with this so strongly that it is preparing legislation permitting employees not to show up.

It is the key recommendation in its National Remote Work Strategy, and will give workers the right to ask their employer to allow them work remotely. If this request is refused, the employer can be brought before the ...