Flexible working

All employees with 26 weeks' service have the right to request a change to their hours, timing or location of work. Flexible working can improve productivity but it brings with it various issues for employers. Here we highlight our latest flexible working content, including guidance on how to handle flexible working requests, and other content on working from home, changing working hours, and the risk of discrimination claims.


 

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Are fathers’ rights at work working?

Despite the introduction of shared parental leave, employers have been slow to enhance fathers’ rights at work. John Smith, a...

McDonald's is giving its workers on zero-hours contracts the option to have fixed guaranteed hoursPhotofusion/REX/Shutterstock

Matthew Taylor review: expect a right to request fixed hours

23 May 2017

Workers on zero hours contracts could be given the right to request a move to a fixed number of hours....

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Tory manifesto: National retraining, NI holidays and more gap reporting

18 May 2017

Theresa May launched the Conservative Party’s 2017 election manifesto today, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises....

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Liberal Democrat manifesto: guarantees for EU workers and stricter corporate governance

17 May 2017

The Liberal Democrat Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes a raft of proposals around employment rights, equality...

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Retailers need to rethink part-time work, says Timewise

16 May 2017

Retailers need to rethink job design and challenge assumptions if they are to attract and retain the best talent, according...

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Homeworking

Legal and practical tips for employers on homeworking

10 May 2017

This month on 19 May it is “National work from home day”. So what should employers be aware of if...

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"It is clearly profit and profit only that is the motive for designating workers as self-employed" – Frank Field, chair of the Work and Pensions CommitteeNick Harvey/REX/Shutterstock

Self-employment loopholes must be closed, says Work and Pensions Committee

2 May 2017

Government must close the loopholes that allow “gig economy” companies to

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Remote access means staff cannot switch off

27 Apr 2017

One-third of UK workers (32%) say that remote access to work means they cannot switch off in their personal time,...

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More autonomy means happier workers, according to research

25 Apr 2017

Employees with higher levels of autonomy have better overall wellbeing and higher levels of job satisfaction, research has found.
Academics...

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Should every weekend be a long weekend?

12 Apr 2017

With spring’s four bank holidays fast approaching, it’s easy to get used to the concept of the long weekend. Roisin...

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The gig economy, demonstrated by  the working practices of companies like Deliveroo, shows that employment law is miles behind modern working.practices.Photo by Richard Gardner/REX/Shutterstock

Employment status: will 2017 bring new legal rights for casual workers?

22 Feb 2017

A government review of employment status and further gig economy tribunal cases are expected this year, not to mention the...

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Dads face negative bias in quest for work-life balance

22 Feb 2017

Fathers face a negative bias when seeking a better work-life balance or applying for part-time employment, a new study suggests....

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Government failing to act on gender pay gap recommendations

21 Feb 2017

The Government will fail to achieve its goal of eliminating the gender pay gap within a generation unless it tackles...

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Once women have children, they suffer a “pay penalty” resulting in significantly lower earnings than male colleaguesWestEnd61/REX/Shutterstock

Will gender pay gap reporting tackle the motherhood “pay penalty”?

20 Feb 2017

Recent research shows that the gender pay gap has significantly reduced for younger workers, but that the gap remains wide...

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Four key actions to tackle a gender pay gap

14 Feb 2017

New rules on gender pay gap reporting simply compel employers to publish details of their pay gap on an annual...

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