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.


 

How to make home working a success

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?

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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Part-time parents missing out on promotion

4 Feb 2019

Parents who work part time are penalised with just a 21% chance of being promoted within three years.

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Winter weather and work: five common employer queries

30 Jan 2019

With parts of the UK experiencing heavy snowfall, we answer five common questions from employers on the workplace impact of...

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Employers prioritise soft skills, flexible work and pay transparency

29 Jan 2019

Employers consider soft skills – such as creativity and the ability to work under pressure – more important than hard...

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Flexible working doesn’t diminish mums’ chronic stress

28 Jan 2019

Biological indications for chronic stress are 40% higher in women bringing up two children while working full-time compared with colleagues...

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Inside the Wellcome Trust's Gibbs Building, London

Research giant ponders four-day week for staff

25 Jan 2019

London-based biomedical research charity the Wellcome Trust, the second wealthiest charitable foundation in the world, is considering switching to a...

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Hipster job culture: baristas and flexible working

Hipster jobs boost helping to drive the economy

22 Jan 2019

Roles involving beards, tattoos, downward dogs, artisan coffee and no doubt the odd craft beer are playing an increasingly important...

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Childcare main barrier for unemployed parents

14 Jan 2019

86% want to return to work, but most say they have been unable to find roles that fit around their childcare needs

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Flexible working

Flexible working has plateaued, study finds

14 Jan 2019

The number of people using flexible working arrangements has flatlined since 2010, despite the right to request flexibility being extended...

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2019 employment law: eight changes to look out for

21 Dec 2018

Although Brexit dominates the news, there will be a number of important employment law developments in 2019. Clio Springer sets...

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Top 10 HR questions November 2018: employee or worker?

3 Dec 2018

A number of recent employment tribunal cases have dealt with the employment status of people working in the “gig economy”....

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Government must fulfil promises to keep carers in work

29 Nov 2018

The government has been urged to act on the Conservative Party’s 2017 pledge to introduce specific employment rights for working...

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Employers failing to use human skills to mitigate future work risks

26 Nov 2018

A large majority (87%) of organisations believe that human skills are critical for the future, but few are maximising them...

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Building the business case for returnships

21 Nov 2018

Returnships are high on the corporate agenda as employers seek experienced talent and boost diversity. Emma Page looks at the...

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