Consultation: Making flexible working the default

This UK Government consultation, which applies to Wales, Scotland and England, seeks views from individuals and businesses on proposals to reform flexible working regulations.

Flexible working can be particularly valuable for those who need to balance their personal lives with their working lives, including those with caring responsibilities. It can also bring benefits to employers – attracting more applicants and increasing productivity and motivation levels among staff.

In 2003, legislation came into force which provided parents and certain other carers with a right to request a flexible working arrangement, which covered work location, working hours and working pattern. In 2014, the right to request a flexible working arrangement was extended to all employees with 26 weeks continuous service.

This consultation seeks to go further, and its proposals would affect both employers who receive flexible working requests and individuals who are looking to change their contracted working arrangements.

The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 1 December 2021.

For further information visit GOV.UK.

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