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

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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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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Why the UK needs to switch on to the agility mindset

7 Feb 2017

New research by the Agile Future Forum (AFF) published last week shows that more flexible models of work will be...

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Preventing digital overload must become part of employee wellbeing programmes

1 Feb 2017

It is time for businesses to consider the impact of “digital overload” on wellbeing, performance and work-life balance, says Anna...

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Employers more willing to consider job shares at senior level

30 Jan 2017

More than two-fifths of employers would now be willing to consider a job share for a senior role, research by...

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Winter weather and work: five common employer queries

13 Jan 2017

With large parts of the UK having experienced heavy snowfall, we answer five common questions from employers on the workplace...

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Workers feel trapped by “rigid” workplaces, ILM finds

12 Jan 2017

More than half of UK workers feel trapped by the rigid structure of their workplace, according to a survey by ...

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“Pawternity” leave? Time off work for pets and other leave of the future

1 Dec 2016

Around half of UK households own a pet, according to the RSPCA. So why is there not a specific legal...

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Employers should be aware that indirect sex discrimination claims have brought by men whose flexible working requests were rejected.

The rise of flexible working

18 Nov 2016

With flexible working requests set to increase, including from men, how should employers respond? Jane Wheeler, partner at Hine Legal,...

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Flexible working requests: common employer pitfalls

15 Nov 2016

More than a quarter of women polled in a recent survey by Workingmums had their flexible working request turned down,...

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How PR company Golin tackled the motherhood penalty

11 Nov 2016

The Institute for Fiscal Studies suggests that women earn 30% less than men by the time their children are 10...

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Agile working: not as flexible as you might think

1 Nov 2016

Agile working, whether that’s allowing employees to work remotely or being flexible about hours, has been hailed as the answer...

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