Flexible working for all?

Employers will need to take steps to prepare for the extension of the right to request flexible working arrangements on 30 June.

As from 30 June 2014, the right to request flexible working arrangements will be extended to all employees with at least six months’ continuous service. At the same time, most of the detailed procedural requirements will be swept away and replaced with a duty to deal with applications ‘in a reasonable manner’. In deciding whether employers have complied with this new general duty, employment tribunals will take into account a new Acas code of practice, as well as supplementary best-practice guidance.

The necessary legislation is included in the Children and Families Act, which received royal assent in March 2014. In the coming weeks, regulations will be made to bring the relevant provisions into effect on 30 June and to remove the redundant regulations that currently apply…

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