The legislation is officially coming into force today, 30th June 2014. Woohoo!
It’s finally here! UK employees now have the right to request flexible working after 26 weeks’ service, rather than only those with children under the age of 17 (or 18 if the child is disabled) and those with other caring responsibilities.
But what does this really mean? Here are a few of your top questions answered:
What counts as flexible working?
Many different modes of working can be described as flexible employment. These include:
Job sharing: This usually means two people being employed in the same role and job and splitting the hours.
Working from home: This is when the employee does some (or all) of the work from home or anywhere else other than the normal place of work.
Part time: This refers to any arrangement involving working less than full-time hours (usually by working fewer days).
Compressed hours: This means working full-time hours but over fewer days than normal.
Flexitime: The employee chooses when to start and end work (within agreed limits). Usually, the employee will have previously agreed ‘core hours’.
Annualised hours: The employee is required to undertake a certain number of hours over the year but they have some flexibility about when they work.
Staggered hours: The employee has different start, finish and break times from other workers.
Phased retirement: Now that the previous default retirement age has been phased out, older workers have more choice over their employment. This means that they might reduce their hours or work part-time.
Does the new flexible working legislation guarantee that I can work flexibly?
No, as there are reasons that your employer can use to turn down your request for flexible. However, in rejecting your request they must provide
For what reasons can my employer turn down my request for flexible working?
There are several reasons why your employer may turn down your request for flexible working. For example:
- Implementing flexible working may involve extra costs which would be detrimental to the business
- Flexibility would not allow the business to meet customer demand
- It is not possible for the work to be reorganised among other staff
- It is not possible for people to be recruited to do the work
- Flexible working arrangements would have an effect on quality and performance
- There is insufficient work to do during the proposed working times
- The business is in the process of planning changes to the workforce
Where should I go to get more information on flexible working?
If you’re looking for a new flexible role, sign up to Flexiworkforce today!
Happy Flexi Day!