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Flexible and home working
Find information and legislation on flexible working including employment issues relating to parents and carers and working from home/ working remotely. Our selection of articles, links and guides can help you find latest legislation and guidance and identify best practice to apply to your business.
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New guidance: Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) issues guidance on equality and discrimination issues during the coronavirus pandemic
The EHRC has issued guidance ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employers’ on equality and discrimination issues during the coronavirus pandemic, to help employers avoid inadvertently breaching anti-discrimination laws.
Employers should start preparing now for major changes to employment law following publication of the Government’s proposals under its Good Work Plan.
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.
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A chapter on family friendly arrangements in this time-saving reference guide for accountants who are faced with an unfamiliar legal problem or query. Topics covered include: time off for ante-natal care, maternity leave, shared parental leave, flexible working hours, time off for dependants, statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay, sex discrimination in pregnancy, dismissal and redundancy, maternity rights and discrimination, maternity leave - employer's schemes and bereavement leave.
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Flexible working arrangements
This section of the Handbook looks at the following flexible arrangements: flexible working; Bring-Your-Own-Device; Part-time workers; job-sharing; homeworkers.
Flexible working for parents and carers
This section from the chapter on employment looks at the legal right for employees to apply for flexible working.
Get the best from a career break: how to make the most from your time away from the office
How to exploiting the opportunities available from career breaks
Maternity/paternity rights, Adoption leave and pay, flexible working for parents and carers
These sections of the chapter on employment law cover the rights of working parents including maternity and paternity leave and pay; shared parental leave and pay; adoption leave and pay, flexible working for carers and parents; time off for dependents; and the right to return to work after maternity leave.
Work well from home: how to run a successful home office
Guide to the tools and practices required for effective working from home.
Working hours and holidays
This chapter looks at the Working Time Regulations 1998; annual holidays; parental leave; Sunday working; the employment of schoolchildren; and flexible working.
Acas guidanceAdvice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.
The Acas Code of Practice on making and responding to flexible working requests.
Acas guide outlining important considerations for employers of all sizes when implementing flexible working practices.
Guidance from Acas highlighting both employer and employee responsibilities. It highlights how to decide on working from home arrangements, pay, terms and conditions, insurance, equipment and technology, and creating a homeworking policy (including a template policy).
Example checklist for employers and employees to use when setting up homeworking. This includes temporary homeworking because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and longer-term homeworking arrangements. Free to download and use.
Acas code of practice on how employers should handle flexible working requests in a reasonable manner.
An example homeworking policy for employers to adapt. Free to download and use.
What to include in a flexible working policy, including how to handle flexible working requests. Free to download and use.
Acas short video answering commonly asked questions by employers and employees regarding flexible working.
Acas guide for employees and employers, outlining employment rights and practical issues relating to homeworking.
Remote working doesn't work without a great culture
Article discusses how even though it is harder to maintain a cultural status quo staff are in the main working from home but the right culture is now vital to enable remote working to flourish.
Making flexible working work
Article discusses the fact that the workforce is unlikely to return to 5 days a week in the office after the Covid-19 pandemic is over and the many challenges this will bring to employers and Human Resources departments.
The future is remote
Article discusses how organisations can capture the benefits of working from home, while overcoming any challenges and negative outcomes. It asks whether working from home is here to stay and provides guidance to successful adoption.
10 cybersecurity practices your firm needs now
Article outlines how remote working calls for more vigilance than ever. As firms work remotely and cloud applications and security become more important than ever, accountants should be thinking about cybersecurity in new ways.
Managing and building remote finance teams
The article looks at how many accounting and finance leaders keep their teams safe, maintain high productivity levels, and further build remote teams during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guidance on Flexible working
Guidance on how to request flexible working and how to make it work for you and your employer.
Information, factsheets and advice on carers' rights. Carers UK campaigns 'for a better recognition of the true value of carers' contribution to society'
A guide from the CIPD which looks at the legal and practical considerations that are involved in introducing staggered shifts or working hours.
Government guidance on types of flexible working, asking for flexible working ('making a statutory application') and the appeals process if your employer turns down the request.
CIPD guidance and other resources on flexible working, including: helpsheets on flexible working practices; Q and As; podcasts; and reports on the business case for flexible working. Registration required to access content.
EHRC guidance on flexible working, with key facts for employers, case studies and a video outlining the business case for flexible working.
The research funded by Sir Robert McAalpine, is a study of real life success stories and evidence based advice and provides examples of how flexible working can be managed successfully across all sectors of industry, resulting in a happier and more efficient workforce.
An independent review of modern working practices by Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts.
The TUC provides access to a useful selection of links to TUC and external resources on flexible working, time off to care for sick children and dependents, and maternity, paternity and adoption leave.
The EHRC provides guidance for employers and employees on current legislation and best practice, this guidance explains what you must do to meet the requirements of equality law regarding an employer making decisions about workers’ hours, whether they can work flexibly or have time off.
Working Families is a leading UK work-life balance organisation. 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 employers' section includes factsheets for line managers, a model flexible working policy and further guidance on paternity/maternity leave and pay, shared parental leave and homeworking.
Working from home
ICO guidance for remaining compliant with data protection laws when you’re working from home.
Law Donut overview of managing employees who work from home
Guidance for employees and managers on home working from Invest Northern Ireland
Series of guidance from the CIPD and home working for managers and employees.
Information hub from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) sharing guidance on making workplaces COVID-secure, COVID-19 risk assessments, protecting home workers, vulnerable workers, and practical advice for specific industry sectors.
NCSC guidance on how to make sure your organisation is prepared for an increase in home working, and advice on spotting coronavirus (COVID-19) scam emails.
Guidance aimed at employers on updating risk assessments, maintaining social distancing, cleaning and hygiene in the workplace, ventilation and air conditioning, protecting home workers, and protecting vulnerable workers.
Guidance on managing home working from the Law Donut
Guide from Mental Health UK with tips on how to look after your mental health while working from home, looking after children and young people, supporting employees on furlough, mental health and money advice, and where to access further support across the UK.
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.
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