Out of office? How unions and employers are at odds over Varadkar’s proposed ‘right to refuse’ remote working bill

Employers are clear that the Tánaiste’s bill must not force them to comply with requests for remote working, but trade unions have argued the proposed legislation does not go far enough

Regina Dunne, manager of Bloom HQ remote working hub, a converted former convent in Mountrath in Laois. Picture: Barry Cronin

The ESB is currently advertising on Indeed.ie for a “hybrid-remote” payroll job to look after its 6,000 employees and 7,000 pensioners. Its advert states that the job will combine remote working “within the jurisdiction” with attendance at the ESB’s headquarters “for in-person collaboration”.

AIB is offering junior credit analysts a mix of “hybrid working” involving some time at its headquarters in Molesworth Street in Dublin.

Glenveagh Properties, which is one of the country’s largest homebuilders, ...