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Right to Disconnect

About this course

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On the 1st April 2021, the Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar, brought into effect the Workplace Relations Commission (“WRC”) Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Right to Disconnect (‘the Code’).

Engagement and training of managers and staff on the “Right to Disconnect” is a key feature of the Code. Employers should provide training to all staff on commencement, together with regular refresher updates throughout their employment.

Legal Island has created a 45-minute eLearning course in partnership with Ronan Daly Jermyn (RDJ), specifically for all employees in Ireland. The provision of this training for your staff will enable your organisation to act in compliance with the Code, help reinforce the appropriate behaviours around disconnecting from work outside normal working hours and create a culture of good work/life balance.

 

What is the Right to Disconnect?

The Workplace Relations Commission (“WRC”) Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Right to Disconnect (‘the Code’) seeks to tackle the harmful “always on” culture in the workplace and provide employees with the ability to switch off from work outside of normal working hours, including the right to not respond immediately to emails, telephone calls or other messages.

The Code confirms that the right to disconnect has three main elements;

  1. The right of an employee to not routinely perform work outside normal working hours.
  2. The right to not be penalised for refusing to attend to work matters outside of normal working hours.
  3. The duty to respect another person’s right to disconnect (e.g. by not routinely emailing or calling outside normal working hours).

 

What is the purpose of this course?

The purpose of this course is to help reinforce the appropriate behaviours around disconnecting from work outside normal working hours and to help create a culture of good work/life balance.

Although this new Code is created largely for the benefit and protection of employees, the Code sets out obligations that employees are expected to observe in order to allow for the effective operation of the right to disconnect.

It is also important for employers to follow the Code and implement the measures outlined in the Code as failure to do so may have legal repercussions for employers in any proceedings brought against that employer.

 

Who needs this Right to Disconnect Training?

Engagement and training of managers and staff on the “Right to Disconnect” is a key feature of the Code. Employers should provide training to all staff on commencement together with regular refresher updates throughout their employment, to reinforce the appropriate behaviours around disconnecting from work outside normal working hours and to help create a culture of good work/life balance.

 

Price

The standard rate of this course is €40 per staff member, however, depending on the number of staff you have, discounts may be available.
    
To discuss your training options or if you wish to discuss bespoke training needs regarding the inclusion of in-house documents in this eLearning programme, please contact Debbie Wilson - debbie@legal-island.com.

       

What does this course cover?
This course was designed specifically for organisations based in Ireland in partnership with the employment law team at Ronan Daly Jermyn (RDJ).

Topics covered within the course include:

What the Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Right to Disconnect is

Your responsibilities as an employer

The responsibilities of your employees

Why it is important to disconnect 

Warning signs you need to disconnect

How to disconnect

What to do if your right to disconnect has not been respected 

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