For Written Answer on : 05/04/2022
Question Number(s): 493 Question Reference(s): 18162/22
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
To ask the Minister for Education the current policy with respect to remote working options for staff in her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
Phased return to a physical attendance in the workplace commenced for staff of my department following the easing of Government restrictions on 21 January and staff are currently attending the office for two days per week and working remotely for the remaining days.
Following the recent publication of the Blended Working Policy Framework for the Civil Service by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath, TD, my department is developing its own blended working policy based on the overarching framework, tailored for our department’s requirements.
I anticipate that the policy will be completed by the end of quarter 2 of this year. This policy will ensure that staff members will have increased certainty and flexibility, where possible, around their working arrangements while ensuring that the business needs are met to ensure the continued delivery of high quality services.