Acas has today launched a consultation on a draft code of practice on the extension of the right to request flexible working.
Under government proposals, the right to request flexible working is to be extended to all employees with 26 weeks’ service or more, and employers will be obliged to consider all requests “in a reasonable manner”.
Acas is seeking views from employees and employers, particularly from small businesses that might not have in-house HR functions and therefore find it challenging to deal with requests for flexible working.
Acas said the draft code is designed to offer practical advice to make it easy for employers to handle requests and fit them to their specific circumstances and procedures.
Acas chair Ed Sweeney said: “This draft code builds on our knowledge and expertise across all workplace issues. It will make it easier for employers to be fair in considering requests to work flexibly, which helps to maintain good working relationships and minimise discrimination.
“We’re very keen to hear views on the draft code from anyone who has an interest in flexible working.”
Acas will also produce a good practice guide with practical examples of managing flexible working requests. This will be published alongside the final code of practice.
The consultation will run for 12 weeks and closes on 20 May.
XpertHR also has a line manager briefing on handling requests for flexible working.