Do Employees have a Right to Request Remote Working?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 10 March 2023
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Remote Working; Contracts of Employment

Yes, employees have a right to request remote working from their employer under Article 112F of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996. However, they must satisfy certain criteria to be eligible to do so:

  • the individual must be an employee – agency workers and office holder do not have this statutory right.
  • the employee must have worked for the employer for a continuous period of 26 weeks.
  • the employee must not have made a prior statutory request for flexible working during the previous 12 months from the date the most recent application was made.

It is important that employees are aware that this is just a right to request remote working as opposed a right to

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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