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Flexible working rights extended from 30 June

By Yvonne Gallagher

On 30 June 2014, the right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees with 26 weeks’ qualifying service, whereas previously it was only available to employed parents of children under 17 (or under 18 where the child is disabled) and carers of dependant adults.

The current statutory procedure is being revoked, but an ACAS code of practice and guidance will be in place that recommend a number of steps or processes that will operate as part of ‘best practice’.

The extension of this right will bring new opportunities and challenges for employers seeking to manage their workforce, so what can you do to prepare? Be flexible and consider the following key points…

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