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Changes to UK Flexible Working Regulations

As you may be aware, there are some big changes to Flexible Working Arrangements on Monday 30th June.

A brief outline of the changes:

(1) Any employee may apply for flexible working hours; however they must have 26 weeks continuous employment at the date the application is made.

(2) As an employer, you have a statutory right to consider the request, and reply to the request within a reasonable timeframe.

(3) The change, once agreed, must be a formal update to an employee’s terms and conditions of employment.

(4) An employee has the right to appeal if necessary against the outcome.

(5) You must try, within reasonable means, to reach a mutually agreeable outcome.

(6) An employee can only apply for flexible working hours once in every 12 months.

Dealing with Flexible Working requests is an important part of being a manager so it is imperative that this change is understood.

We recommend incorporating the update into your Employee Handbook. If you do not have an Employee Handbook, contacting us today to find out how we can help you implement one.

Don’t forget, if you would like more advice on this Employment Law update, or anything else please contact us.


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