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Featured articleWho does flexible working work for?
An examination of flexible working in the UK. The article discusses the challenges faced by large companies in implementing flexible working, with contributions from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
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The ICAEW guide to flexible working
A guide to help employers stay up-to-date with regulations and best practice on flexible working.
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: Employers should consider part-time work for disabled employees returning from long-term sick leave
Employers deciding whether to dismiss a disabled employee who is on long-term sick leave should ensure they consider a part-time return to work, particularly where this is the advice of the employee's GP and/or other medical professionals. If they don't, they risk a disability discrimination claim, a recent ruling makes clear.
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.
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 code of practice on how employers should handle flexible working requests in a reasonable manner. The code is intended to help employers deal with written requests made by employees under the statutory right in the Employment Rights Act 1996 to request flexible working.
Acas guide outlining important considerations for employers of all sizes when implementing flexible working practices. The guide covers the potential benefits and challenges of different types of flexible working: flexitime, part-time work, overtime, job sharing, compressed hours, shift work, annualised hours, term-time working, temporary working/fixed-term contracts, sub-contracting, zero hours contracts, homeworking, mobile working and hot-desking.
Acas short video in which an Acas adviser answers three commonly asked questions by employers and employees regarding flexible working: How do I change my contract; How do I deal with a request for flexible working; How can I reduce my working hours after returning from maternity 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
Managing virtual teams
Strategy guide for virtual team leadership.
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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.
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 carers and a guide to family friendly rights.
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.
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.
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