Changes to the Flexible Working Act you need to be aware of…
According to Timewise research, 49% of employees plan to utilise the new flexible working option from day one of its implementation. So, what are those changes, and how can you be prepared?
- Employees will have the right to request flexible working arrangements from day one of employment.
- Employers must respond to requests within two months, the current response time is three months.
- An employee can make two requests within a 12-month period. Under current law, it’s one.
- Employers must consult with their employees before a flexible working request can be turned down.
- Employees are no longer required to lay out how a flexible working request might impact the employer.
The upcoming changes to the Flexible Working Act signify a shift in employment legislation and further reinforce the importance of encouraging a good work/life balance. Will these changes open new possibilities for employers and employees as the UK enters into yet another new era of flexibility at work?
Imposed changes to the Flexible Working Act are sure to revolutionise workplace norms (again!) by granting employees the right to request flexible arrangements from day one, a stark departure from the previous 26-week wait. Is this recognising the evolving needs of today’s workforce? Does it foster a more inclusive workplace? Will this move boost work-life balance and job satisfaction right from the start? Employers who feel like they have just got their heads around their current flexible working policies will find themselves having to rethink and embrace the 2024 legislation.
Our top tips on how you can prepare to re-shape your approach to flexible working
- Review and update policies
- Communicate upcoming changes to employees, department heads/team leaders etc
- Develop clear performance metrics and goals for employees working under flexible arrangements
- Monitor and review
Short & sweet but we now hope you feel empowered, knowing you’re equipped to navigate upcoming legal changes with confidence.
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