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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Could an organisation work on a completely remote basis?

Most employers now embrace some form of flexible and remote working, but self-publishing company Reedsy has taken this to the...

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Acas research highlights pros and cons of flexible working

23 Aug 2017

There are hidden benefits and drawbacks to flexible working arrangements, new research from employment adviser Acas finds. Adrian Wakeling, senior...

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How to find the balance between flexible working and “always on”

18 Jul 2017

Research has shown that many workers value flexible working over a pay rise. Sarah Thompson asks how can employers ensure...

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A study found that longer commutes appeared to have a significant impact on mental wellbeing

Long commutes to work take toll on employee health

6 Jul 2017

Long commutes are causing poor health and damaging the productivity of the nation’s employees, research from the Britain’s Healthiest Workplace...

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Flexible working is among the most commonly used wellbeing benefits, along with line manager training, carer support, home working and occupational health.

Three in four firms have an employee wellbeing strategy

5 Jul 2017

Nearly three-quarters (71%) of UK companies say they now either have or are implementing a wellbeing strategy during 2017, research...

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Technology is disrupting work – but what do staff think?

30 Jun 2017

How is the world of work changing? Perhaps more importantly, how do staff perceive it to be changing? ADP president...

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Why HR should step up and support working carers

27 Jun 2017

The UK’s social care crisis was a hot topic during this month’s general election, serving to highlight the growing number...

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Are fathers’ rights at work working?

1 Jun 2017

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

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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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