This article was published on July 18th, 2014
A reminder that all employees with six months’ service now have the right to request flexible working under new rules which came into force on 30 June this year.
The essential point for employers to remember is that requests are just that. They can be refused on a wide number of grounds, including the cost to the business or the inability to cover work.
You should take all requests seriously, and deal with them reasonably, but ultimately it’s your decision. Acas has some good guidance https://www.acas.org.uk/media/pdf/g/h/Handling-requests-to-work-flexibly-in-a-reasonable-manner-an-Acas-guide.pdf on this.
Talk to us about putting in place a new flexible working policy to deal with the changed law.