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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.

Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

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Bloomsbury Core Accounting and Tax Service

Eligible firms have free access to Bloomsbury Professional's comprehensive online library, comprising more than 60 titles from some of the country's leading tax and accounting subject matter experts. Find out who is eligible and how you can access the Core Accounting and Tax Service.

Family friendly arrangements

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Accountants Legal Service 2021

A chapter on family friendly working arrangements, covering topics including time off for ante-natal care, maternity leave, parental leave, flexible working hours, time off for dependants, statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay, sex discrimination in pregnancy, maternity rights and bereavement leave.

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Beyond audit: auditing remotely and delivering value

Beyond Audit is your guide to taking advantage of this unique moment to review and enhance your audit methodology to improve execution, operations, and audit product.

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.

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Acas guidance

Advice, 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.


Acas: Working from home during the coronavirus pandemic

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).

Checklist for setting up working from home

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.

Hybrid working

Guidance from Acas for employers on hybrid working where staff split time between the workplace and working remotely. It covers how to respond to requests from staff, consulting and preparing to introduce hybrid working, creating or amending policy, treating staff fairly, and managing staff in hybrid working.

Working from home

May 2014

Acas guide for employees and employers, outlining employment rights and practical issues relating to homeworking.

Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Work from home is driving UK property price surge, BOE says

Home buyers are shifting towards paying more for bigger houses, since more expect to need office space at home, the Bank of England has reported.

Getting ready for the new normal of hybrid working

Article discusses the post-Covid19 workplace, which looks to be an adoption of hybrid working from the majority of UK organisations, and what this means for employees and employers.

Google shuts London startup hub as firms embrace home working

Google's parent company Alphabet Inc has announced it will close its seven-story Shoreditch base offering help to startups, replacing it with online support programs and services.

The $10 billion bright spot in the battered world of office real estate

Life sciences building sales and refinancing are doing well - unlike workers in conventional offices, many scientists don't work remotely.

Work-life balance vs work-technology balance

With large sections of society working remotely during the global pandemic, digital technology has never been more important in our working lives. Whilst technology can bring many work-life benefits, downsides include the feeling or expectation of being constantly available. Provides tips on how to help reinstate some of the boundaries between work and life that technology can erode.

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Guidance on Flexible working
Guidance on how to request flexible working and how to make it work for you and your employer.

Flexible working

Carers UK

Carers UK

Information, factsheets and advice on carers' rights. Carers UK campaigns 'for a better recognition of the true value of carers' contribution to society'

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HM Government

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.

Flexible working

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

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.

Forever flex: making flexible working work beyond a crisis

Sir Robert McAlpine November 2020

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.

Guide to family friendly work

Trades Union Congress

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.

Mental wellbeing at work

National Institute for Clinical Excellence 2009, reviewed 2018

NICE guidelines covering how to create the right conditions to support mental wellbeing at work. Aiming to promote a culture of participation, equality and fairness in the workplace based on open communication and flexible working.

Planning for hybrid working

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development July 2021

CIPD guidance on how organisations can begin to prepare for a return to the workplace and a longer term move to hybrid working where part of the time is spent in the office and part working-from-home.

Working families

Working Families

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

Planning for hybrid working

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development July 2021

CIPD guidance on how organisations can begin to prepare for a return to the workplace and a longer term move to hybrid working where part of the time is spent in the office and part working-from-home.

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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