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Flexible working is here to stay from 6 April 2024

05 April 2024

From 6 April, flexible working laws are changing, making it easier for employees to make statutory flexible working requests.

The Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023 will make the following changes:

  • The right to make a statutory flexible working request will be available to employees from day one of employment (previously, 26 weeks’ service was required)
  • Employees will be able to make two requests in any twelve-month period (previously, only one request was allowed)
  • Employers must provide a decision within 2 months of receipt of the request (as opposed to within 3 months, as previously)
  • Employers must consult with employees before rejecting a request
  • Employees will no longer need to explain the effect that their request would have on the employer, or how the impact might be dealt with

Employers should review their current flexible working policies, ensuring that they align with the new requirements. They should also take steps to train line managers and HR to ensure they are aware of the correct process to follow when considering statutory flexible working requests.

If you need any help with training your staff on awareness of the new laws and process to follow, please get in touch with our team.

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Our Legal 500-rated employment law & business immigration team are experts in guiding businesses of all sizes and backgrounds through a range of issues that may arise, including those related to flexible working.

Disclaimer: All legal information is correct at the time of publication but please be aware that laws may change over time. This article contains general legal information but should not be relied upon as legal advice. Please seek professional legal advice about your specific situation - contact us; we’d be delighted to help.
Hayley Ainsworth BA, MSc
Associate, solicitor
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