Changes to Flexible Working

From Monday 30 June 2014, there will be a change in employment legislation, which will extend the right to request flexible working to all employees, who have worked for their employers for 26 weeks or more. Currently only those with parental or caring responsibilities, have a legislative right to make such a request.

What this means:

  • This legislative change will provide all eligible employees with a statutory right to have a request for flexible working arrangements considered.
  • In terms of the legislation, the consideration of flexible working requests will remain unchanged, requiring managers to assess requests and discuss with the staff member whether the request can be accommodated by the business.
  • In addition, the existing 9 business grounds, by which a flexible working request may be reasonably declined, also remain unchanged. (It is important to note that employees will not have a statutory right for the request to be agreed).
  • In preparation for this legislative change, the University has developed new guiding principles and supportive guidance to create a more accessible and transparent framework. These have been available to use from 1 January 2014.
  • The new approach will shift the emphasis from process and timescales, towards quality discussion and finding solutions that work for both the business and the individual.

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