Right to request flexible working to be extended to all employees – June 2014

The right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees with 26 weeks’ continuous service with the amendment to the Flexible Working Regulations on 30th June 2014. Employers will have a duty to consider all requests for flexible working in a ‘reasonable manner’

Until now, only workers with children under 17 (or those with disabled children under 18) and those with caring responsibilities could automatically ask their employer to work flexibly. The new law however, which comes into effect in April means any worker with 6 months continuous service is now able to request to work flexibly after 30 June 2014. This includes working from home, doing job shares, working compressed weeks, or taking other forms of flexible working.

The legislation will also provide for other forms of work-life balance. From April 2015 mothers, fathers and adopters can opt to share their parental leave between them, so that parents can either have several months off at the same time or swap leave throughout their baby’s first year.

It is important to remember though that employees still only have a right to request flexible working, and not a right to flexible working.