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Change to flexible working laws

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Does your business employ people? If the answer is ‘yes’, you will need to change how you manage flexible working requests from your employees.  All employees have the legal right to request flexible working – not just parents and carers.

Working flexibly enables opportunities to work that suits the employer’s and employee’s needs.

From 6 April 2024 employees will be able to make a statutory request to make permanent changes to their contract from their first day of employment. This means that from day one, they can ask an employer for changes to how long, when and where they work. 

Employees will also be able to make two requests in any twelve-month period, rather than the current one request. 

In addition, as an employer, you will be required to make a decision on the request within two months of receiving it. Currently you have three months. 

Should you feel unable to accept the request, you will need to consult with your employee.

The changes introduced on 6 April will also mean that your employee will no longer have to explain what effect, if any, the flexible working request would have on your organisation and how it could be overcome. 

As an employer, you must manage these requests in a reasonable manner. You can only reject a request for one of eight business reasons, check the reasons for rejecting a request here: Flexible working: After the application - GOV.UK

For further information please select the following link: Flexible Working - Help to Grow

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