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.


 

Should we rethink our working hours to boost productivity?

UK employees work on average two-and-a-half weeks longer than their EU counterparts over the course of a year, new analysis...

Why it’s time to compel all employers to publish parental policies

5 Apr 2019

Recent research claimed that top employers’ parental policies are “invisible”, and a number have now publicly committed to publishing their...

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Better working conditions needed to improve chef retention

3 Apr 2019

Chef training and working conditions need to be reformed to help restaurants retain the estimated 10% of chefs that leave...

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‘Hop-desking’: BrewDog launches remote working initiative

22 Mar 2019

Many remote workers frequently take advantage of coffee shops’ free wi-fi and power outlets but now pubs are trying to...

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‘Business lacks transparency over parental support’

18 Mar 2019

LinkedIn has claimed to have revealed evidence of a “disconnect” between employers and employees over the issue of flexible work, as most working parents feel their employers are not fully open about their parental policies. 

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Sharp decline in UK employee confidence

15 Mar 2019

Employee confidence in the UK business environment has slumped, according to global research company Gartner.

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BNY Mellon’s flexible working policy review: what can HR learn?

13 Mar 2019

Last week US bank BNY Mellon informed its employees it was “pausing” a review of its policies that allow them...

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Apprenticeships should be opened up to single parents

8 Mar 2019

Most single parents are being locked out of apprenticeships because of a lack of part-time opportunities and the difficulty of supporting children with such low pay.

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Major bank reverses its working from home ban

7 Mar 2019

The world's largest custodian bank and asset servicing company, the Bank of New York Mellon, has halted its plan to stop all 50,000 of its staff across the world from working from home.

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How Lloyds Banking Group built agile working into recruitment

7 Mar 2019

Offering flexible working may not be enough to attract and retain talent in today’s job market – agile working needs...

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Rudd wants to increase disabled workers target

5 Mar 2019

Amber Rudd has announced that she will review the government’s target of getting one million more disabled people in work...

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HR professionals feature highly in list of power part-timers

26 Feb 2019

HR professionals make up seven of the entries in this year’s Timewise Power 50 – a list of the UK’s...

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Labour party pledges day-one flexible working right

25 Feb 2019

Employees would have the right to request flexible working from day one of their employment under a Labour government, with ...

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How to make home working a success

13 Feb 2019

When Dolly Parton sang about working 9 to 5 in 1980, the song reflected most employees’ regular office hours. Brian Hall looks at how things have changed in the past 40 years and asks if working from home always works?

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Acas chief: What will employees look for from work in 2019?

6 Feb 2019

Faced with an uncertain economy and little control over external events, employees seek fairness and “good work”. Susan Clews, the...

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