Changes to Flexible Working Requests
In December 2022, the UK Government committed to removing the 26 week qualifying period before an employee can make a flexible working request. The changes will see flexible working becoming a day one right for all employees.
The other main changes linked to this are listed below:
– Employees will no longer have to set out how their flexible working request will affect the business and how the business may need to manage these changes.
– Employees must respond to requests within two months, instead of three.
– Two flexible working requests can be made in a 12 month period.
– Employers now need to consult their employees to explore the available options for flexible working before rejecting requests.
We do not have a date for when these changes will be made, however, it is important that organisations start to look at their policies and flexible working procedures to make sure they can comply with this legal change once it takes effect. Although flexible working cannot always be accommodated for specific job roles, providing your employees with a clear and fair process for requests can help build trusting relationships where the employees feel valued and listened to.
If you would like help with refreshing your policies in line with current legislation, please let us know.
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