Currently certain employees are able to request that they are allowed to work in a more flexible manner than the norm. On 30 June 2014 this right will be extended to all employees who have 26weeks of service for their employer. As well as the right being extended to more employees the government will also make applying for flexible working and discussing the ideas much more user friendly.
The array of prescriptive forms and processes are being taken away and replaced with an obligation on employers to deal with the request in a reasonable manner and within a reasonable timeframe.
According to the Government website flexible working may include;
Job sharing– 2 people do 1 job and split the hours.
Working from home – It might be possible to do some or all of the work from home or anywhere else other than the normal place of work.
Part time – Working less than full-time hours (usually by working fewer days).
Compressed hours – Working full-time hours but over fewer days.
Flexitime – The employee chooses when to start and end work (within agreed limits) but works certain ‘core hours’, eg 10am to 4pm every day.
Annualised hours – The employee has to work a certain number of hours over the year but they have some flexibility about when they work. There are sometimes ‘core hours’ which the employee regularly works each week, and they work the rest of their hours flexibly or when there’s extra demand at work.
Staggered hours – The employee has different start, finish and break times from other workers.
Phased retirement – Default retirement age has been phased out and older workers can choose when they want to retire. This means they can reduce their hours and work part time.
.Of course, the list above is not exhaustive and there may be many other types of working that could be considered. Please call us if you think we could help with an application for flexible working or if you think your employer has unfairly rejected your request. Call on 0115 856 1625 or 0207 408 9427.