Flexible Working - Managing Requests
The law in relation to flexible working changed in the summer, which means that the statutory right to make a request for flexible working is now available to many more members of your staff. This could clearly increase the amount of management time you need to spend dealing with such requests, and you may also be faced with some difficult decisions to make. Almost all eligibility criteria for making a statutory request for flexible working will be removed. The requirement for the employee to be a parent of a child of a particular age; or to have caring responsibilities will no longer apply. This means:
- that almost everyone will be entitled to make a request; and
- the request can be for any reason.