Flexible working has hit the headlines again over the past few weeks as the Government extended the legal right to request flexible working to all employees on 30th June 2014. Previously the right was only available to parents and carers. In order to be eligible employees much have worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks and can only make one request per year.
There are of course many ways of working flexibly including job sharing, working from home (for some of all of the working hours), annualised, staggered or compressed hours, flexitime or part time. All have different implications for businesses and employees and relevance in different industries and job roles. Whilst some roles may lend themselves more easily to working from home where lack of office distractions or lengthycommutes can actually deliver increased effectiveness, other roles may have strict operating hours or cover requirements which may make compressed or annualised hours much more challenging to implement.
The important thing for employers to remember, however large or small their business, is that this is only a right to request flexible working – not a right to flexible working itself. There is now a clear legal process which both employer and employee must follow in order to manage any flexible working request and avoid any complaints or tribunal cases. You can find our more by visiting www.gov.uk/flexible-working
Flexible working is of course at the very heart of our business. We pride ourselves on delivering a flexible service which is tailored exactly to your start up or small business needs. You pay by the hour for exactly the work you need, when you need it. No holiday pay or sick pay – just support as and when you need it, on an ad hoc or regular basis.
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