Flexible working requests — important changes from 30 June 2014
By Will Clift
On 30 June 2014, the rules governing flexible working requests will be changed in the following ways: the right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees with 26 weeks’ service; and the statutory procedure that employers are currently obliged to follow when replying to a request will be replaced with an obligation to consider requests in a ‘reasonable manner’.
Below is an explanation of how the new flexible working regime will work, along with some practical advice for employers regarding how to minimise the risks of litigation that can result from a rejected flexible working request, and some advice for employees who are looking to make a flexible working request.
Who is eligible to submit a request under the new rules? Under the current rules, up until 29 June, employers are only obliged to consider requests for flexible working from employees who are caring for children aged 17 or under (or 18, if they are in receipt of disability allowance) or who are caring for adults in certain circumstances…
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