Employers who deal with a request to work flexibly in a reasonable manner and within applicable time limits, and whose decision does not breach discrimination law, may lawfully refuse a request that falls within a specified ground for rejection in the relevant legislation, a recent ruling makes clear.
Employers will welcome a new Acas guide helping them deal with employees who have suffered bereavement.
Businesses will welcome a new draft Acas Code of Practice and associated Guidance on new flexible working rules. Legal Alert, June 2014
New rules allowing all employees with 26 weeks or more service to request flexible working come into force from 30 June 2014.
Employers need to start planning for the new employee shareholders' scheme which comes into effect in Autumn 2013. Under the scheme, employers will be able to issue shares to prospective and existing employees in return for the employees giving up important employment law rights. Legal Alert, June 2013.
Acas is seeking employers' views on its draft Code of Practice on the extended right to request flexible working. Legal Alert, March 2013.
Employers should note that radical plans have been announced for employees to give up some of their statutory employment rights in exchange for shares in an employer’s business. Legal Alert, November 2012.
Initially due in April 2011, employers should note that the proposed extension of the right to request flexible working to the parents of 17 year olds has been withdrawn. Legal Alert, April 2011.
Employers can start to plan for a number of proposed changes to employment law, as the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has now set out its planned timetable for bringing them into force. Legal Alert, December 2010.
The Government has announced that employees’ rights to request flexible working are to be extended from 1 April 2011. Employers need to anticipate and plan for any requests that may be made when the new rules come into force. Legal Alert, November 2010
Running your own business can be extremely demanding. It is even more challenging when you have family responsibilities to meet, such as bringing up children, caring for a child with disabilities or looking after elderly parents or relatives.
Extended flexible working rights, technology and social change make working from home an increasingly cost-effective and attractive option both for businesses and the individuals who work for them.
As an employer, you need to know about flexible working. Almost all employees with at least 26 weeks' service have the right to ask for flexible working.
Information, factsheets and advice on carers' rights. Carers UK campaigns 'for a better recognition of the true value of carers' contribution to society'.
Guidance from the UK Government's Gov.uk website on types of flexible working, asking for flexible working ('making a statutory application') and the appeals process if your employer turns down the request.
Flexible working: working for families, working for business (Family Friendly Working Hours Taskforce report)
Flexibility for the future: The government’s response to the recommendations of the family friendly working hours taskforce
The Family Friendly Working Hours Taskforce was a group established by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in 2009 representing business, employees and families, non-government bodies and government departments to 'provide expert perspective on flexible working practices and provide recommendations for change'. The page is now archived at National Archives.
Flexible working practices
Information and guidance from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), including a flexible working factsheet covering various forms of flexible working, its benefits and the law as well as advice for implementation. Free registration required.
Working Families, the 'UK's leading work-life balance organisation', carries out research and runs campaigns to improve the balance between responsibilities at home and work and help employers to create workplaces which encourage work-life balance for everyone. Its website provides information and resources on issues of flexible and family friendly working arrangements for parents and carers as well as for employers.
The right to request flexible working
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) aims to improve employment relations in the UK and provides information, independent advice and training to solve problems and improve performance. This includes information and resources on flexible working.
Working hours, flexible working and time off (EHRC advice for employers)
Your rights to equality at work: working hours, flexible working and time off (EHRC advice for employees)
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) provides guidance for employers and employees on current legislation and best practice. The EHRC has also published a short guide to flexible working aimed at small business owners. This guide includes case studies, key principles for implementing new ways of working and a directory of useful contacts.
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) provides access to a useful selection of links to TUC and external resources on flexible working, a booklet on flexible working for parents and a guide to family friendly working.
Articles and books in the Library collection
This is a selection of articles and reports in our collection which contain information on flexible working – click on the links to see our catalogue record and holdings for each item. Please contact us if you would like to borrow a book or request a copy of an article.
Shared parental leave: a guide
N.Choudry (LexisNexis, 2015, 24 pages)
This booklet examines some of the key elements of the new shared parental leave legislation, with which employers will have to be familiar.
Flexibility or insecurity? Exploring the rise in zero hours contracts
Brinkley, I. (The Work Foundation, 2013)
Topics covered in this report include: the nature of zero hours contracts and some issues of employment law, the growth of non-standard employment, the extent and nature of flexible working, a cross-sectional analysis of some characteristics of zero hours contracts, how zero hours contracts have changed over time and recommendations for policy and organisational responses.
When remote working really works
People Management, May 2013, pages 30-36
Yahoo! sees it as a skiver's charter. But with careful control and enlightened management, your staff needn't be tied to the office. Includes a checklist of how to make remote working actually work and "a beginner's guide" to working from home.
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