Flexible Working Extended to All Employees in the United Kingdom

June 30, 2014

As of today, 30 June 2014, any employee with at least 26 weeks’ service will enjoy a statutory right to request a flexible working arrangement (usually part-time or changed hours or working from home). This replaces the previous regime which applied only to parents and carers. It also replaces the current formal statutory procedure which applied to such requests and places a duty on employers to deal with requests in a reasonable manner. The right remains only a right to request flexible working, not an absolute right to work flexibly.

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