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The extended right to request flexible working

Currently employees caring for adults or children under the age of 17 (or 18 if disabled) have the right to request a flexible working pattern. This is being extended from 30 June 2014, so that all employees with 26 weeks’ service will have the right to request flexible working.

There will be no obligation on an employer to agree to a request, just to consider it. Rather than having to follow a statutory procedure, employers will have to consider requests in a reasonable manner and to notify employees of their decision within three months.

Our new Flexible Working note on BResourceFull summarises the new regime, looking at what is meant by ‘reasonable’ in this context. It also provides practical guidance on what a flexible working policy should cover and how to deal with competing flexible working requests.

BResourceFull is Brodies’ free online employment law portal. It contains guidance notes on key HR issues; style contracts and policies; a legislation timetable; seminar materials and practical responses to some frequently asked questions.

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