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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.

Case law: Court clarifies when employers may reject requests to work flexibly

December 2016

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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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

Accountants Legal Service 2020

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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'

Flexible working

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.

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

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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