Flexible Working

Key Points

  • The right to request flexible working is now available to all employees with 26 weeks of service.
  • It was previously only available to parents of children under the age of 17 (or 18 for disabled children) and certain carers.
  • Employers have a duty to consider all requests in a “reasonable manner”.
  • An ACAS Code of Practice sets minimum standards that employers have to meet when considering a request.
  • The old rules apply in respect of a request made on or before 29th June 2014. 
  • In February 2018, the Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill received Royal Assent
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