From yesterday, any employee with 26 week’s service has the right to request flexible working. Since 2009 the right to request flexible working became available to employees who had to care for children up to 16 years of age (or up to 18 years of age in the case of disabled children). Before 2009 employees had to be caring for children up to the age of 6.
The rigid procedure that used to have to be followed has now been replaced by a procedure based on reasonableness and which in some ways may assist but may leave some employers nervous about how to respond to or refuse such requests.
There is still a time limit on this process and a genuine business reason should be given to refuse the request.
These changes have been brought into force to reflect modern working lives and global customer needs. If you have any questions about how to respond to requests made by your staff contact the Solicitors here at Premier Legal. A comprehensive Flexible Working Policy is a must.