From the 30th June 2014 the Flexible Working Regulations and Part 9 of the Children and Families Act 2014 will come into force. This will mean that the right to request flexible working will be extended to cover all employees. In order for an employee to claim flexible working they need to have:
- Worked for the employer for 26 week before making an application
- Not made an application within the last 12 months
Employers will have a duty to:
- consider applications.
- Give an employee the right to appeal if necessary against the outcome.
- Try and negotiate an agreement if requested hours are not possible
Flexible working includes matters like early/late start/finish times, working part-time, shift patterns and even extended leave in Summer holidays.
If flexible working is agreed it becomes a permanent change to the contract of employment.