Flexible work law to cause mass upheaval

More than half of employers have had to change procedures to satisfy the new
legislation on the right to request flexible working, a new survey suggests.

Many employers, in the poll by Linklaters, thought the new legal process –
which came in on 6 April – will be more unwieldy than current practices on
handling flexible working requests. The key findings were:

– 82 per cent of respondents already had a formal flexible working policy

– Three-quarters said the new legislation would not make them more likely to
grant a flexible working request, as they had their own policies

– Seventy-one per cent will introduce a formal appeals procedure for when
requests to work flexibly are denied.

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