Government launches consultation on Flexible Working under Future Jobs Ireland
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The Government has launched a consultation seeking the public’s views on flexible working as part of Future Jobs Ireland, the whole of Government plan to prepare our businesses and workers for the future.
Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD, launched the consultation process in Government Buildings this morning.
This consultation is being undertaken to seek views from employers, employees, trades unions and the wider public on the types of flexible working arrangements currently in place and the changes that they wish to see.
Also under consideration is the potential impact of changes in technology, the workplace, the family and society on the types of flexible working arrangements available to employees and the potential obstacles that may exist for small, medium and large employers when facilitating flexible working arrangements.
Launching the consultation process, Minister Humphreys said:
“As we approach full employment, we need to be more creative about how we look at the world of work. That’s exactly what we’re doing through Future Jobs Ireland, the whole-of-Government plan to prepare our businesses and workers for the future. Flexible working has the potential to bring huge benefits to employers and employees alike. It can improve work / life balance and make things a bit easier for families. It can also help businesses to attract and retain staff in an increasingly competitive labour market. Obviously, however, any new Government policy needs to have buy-in from businesses in the first instance, which is why we want to hear their views, together with the views of workers, to decide the best way forward.”
Minister Stanton said:
“We are seeking to develop a policy that takes account of the needs of families, particularly those with young children, of individuals, including those with disabilities, of employers and of the broader economy. Flexible working arrangements can support parents to balance caring and work responsibilities. They can also be crucial for those caring for older people or those with disabilities as well as for employees who themselves have disabilities.”
Flexible working options may include:
Flexible working can also include access to part-time or shared working options.
There are a number of ways people can have their say on flexible working. Detailed submissions are invited and can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can submit your views by completing a short questionnaire on the Department of Justice and Equality’s website. The survey and additional information about the consultation can be found here.
The closing date for receipt of submissions is 5pm on the 31/01/2020
Submissions received will be uploaded on our website along with a report on the consultation process.
Notes for Editor
What questions make up the consultation?
Your views are sought on the following questions:
What will we do with your responses?
The Government will use the answers that you give to these questions to develop a policy on flexible working in 2020. It will prepare a report that will summarise the findings from this consultation. The Government will draw on the findings of this consultation to consider whether or not new legislation is needed. It will also consider whether existing supports meet the needs of businesses and employees and if additional supports are required. It will look at how technology and working methods can help employers and employees to have flexible working arrangements that meet the needs of employee and business alike.
About Future Jobs Ireland
Future Jobs Ireland is a Government of Ireland initiative with deliverables assigned across a range of Government Departments and agencies. Future Jobs Ireland incorporates five pillars as set out below (along with some illustrative examples):
Each Pillar sets high level targets for 2025. Overall, Future Jobs Ireland 2019 includes 26 meaningful and impactful ambitions supported by 127 deliverables for completion in 2019.
Central to Future Jobs Ireland is a re-orientation of policy from the numbers of gross jobs created in the economy, to the creation of more productive and sustainable jobs. It will focus on the challenges ahead in terms of ensuring we have skilled people working in quality jobs in sustainable sectors. Future Jobs Ireland will also ensure our enterprises and workers are well positioned to adapt to the technological and other transformational changes our economy and society will face in the years ahead.