Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

UK 200 2014 position: 28

Changes to flexible working requests

On 30 June 2014, the Flexible Working Regulations will be extended to cover all employees who have completed 26 weeks’ service. Applicants will no longer have to have responsibility for caring either for children under the age of 17 (or 18 if the child is disabled) or adults over the age of 18. Those requests can, as at present, include changes to working hours, working time or working location.

It is important to note, as Steve Williams, ACAS’s head of equality services, says, ‘it’s only a right to ask, and it’s certainly not a right to have’. While employers will not be under an obligation to accept all requests, they will be obliged to consider all requests reasonably within a three-month time frame. This time frame, which can be extended with agreement, must include time for any appeal. The Act does not include a definition for ‘reasonably’ although ACAS has published the final draft Code of Practice and supplementary guidance on how employers should handle requests.

The Code suggests following a process that is similar to that used currently, albeit without the prescribed time frames: meeting with the employee as soon as possible to discuss the request, considering the request objectively, communicating the decision to the employee, and if rejecting, providing one of eight business reasons…

Click on the link below to read the rest of the Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co briefing. 

Sign in or Register to continue reading this article

Sign in


It's quick, easy and free!

It takes just 5 minutes to register. Answer a few simple questions and once completed you’ll have instant access.

Register now

Why register to The Lawyer


Industry insight

In-depth, expert analysis into the stories behind the headlines from our leading team of journalists.


Market intelligence

Identify the major players and business opportunities within a particular region through our series of free, special reports.


Email newsletters

Receive your pick of The Lawyer's daily and weekly email newsletters, tailored by practice area, region and job function.

More relevant to you

To continue providing the best analysis, insight and news across the legal market we are collecting some information about who you are, what you do and where you work to improve The Lawyer and make it more relevant to you.

Briefings from Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

View more briefings from Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

Analysis from The Lawyer

  • Paul Wilson

    Regional: attempted merger

    Alliances, failed and successful, are the story of the year outside London

  • Belinda Bradberry

    Interior designs

    Polish up your retention policy - private practice lawyers are increasingly eyeing in-house roles

View more analysis from The Lawyer


2 Snowhill
B4 6WR

Turnover (£m): 121.16
No. of lawyers: 440