Flexible Working Rules: Tips for Employers and Employees

Mark Cummings  01-07-2014

As of Monday 30 June, all employees, with at least 26 weeks' service with their employers, have the right to request flexible working arrangements.

Employers have a responsibility to ensure that the request is dealt with "in a reasonable manner" and that the request procedure is concluded within 3 months, which is a relatively tight time period, particularly for larger organisations. 

If a request is refused, it could give rise to a claim of discrimination. However, the new ACAS Code of Conduct aims to help employers understand what is required. 

As employees now have the right to make flexible working requests, employers willl require a policy for dealing with them.

Please contact us for a free no obligation consultation, whether you are an employee or an employer, about how you could be affected by these new rules.