The Tanaiste says it's "nonsense" to suggest everyone should have a legal right to work from home.
Workers will be entitled to request remote working under new laws being drafted by Government.
Anyone working for a company for more than 6 months can apply - and the employer has to respond within 3 months.
Workers whose request is turned down can appeal to the Workplace Relations Commission.
Among the reasons for turning employees down include concerns over data protection, broadband connection and the performance of staff.
Tanaiste Leo Varadkar says changes may be made to the legislation - but a full right to work from home isn't practical..