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Extension of the Right to Request Flexible Working Arrangements

PLEASE NOTE: Information in this article is correct at the time of publication, please contact DFA Law for current advice on older articles.

Employers are reminded that from 30 June 2014, the right to request flexible working arrangements is extended to all employees who have completed 26 weeks’ qualifying service.

The statutory procedure for dealing with such requests is repealed and replaced with a Code of Practice, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), on handling requests in a reasonable manner. In addition, Acas has updated its guidance on this topic, giving practical examples to help businesses manage the new extended right.

The Code of Practice and the guidance can be found here.

If you would like advice on how to handle a request for flexible working, particularly on how to proceed if several requests are received from those previously not eligible to apply for such arrangements, contact us. We can also assist you in drawing up a flexible working policy suited to the needs of your business.

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