The ‘new’ flexible working regime

By Michael Briggs

Following considerable consultation on whether to extend the statutory right to request flexible working to all employees, regulations published recently confirm that the statutory framework will change on 30 June 2014. Are you ready?

Given the economic downturn (which is hopefully now improving) and the general needs and wants of the overall workforce, UK employers have been forced to be flexible, or at least more flexible, in recent years. Flexible working is not, however, just about part-time working or job sharing. There are many ways in which flexible working can be achieved, through the use of, or a combination of, many possible working arrangements. This could include: flexi-time working arrangements; annualised working hours; term-time working; compressed working hours; home or other forms of remote working (with the assistance of improved technology); or sabbaticals and/or career breaks…

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