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.


 

Lower earners more likely to work through lockdown

27 May 2020

People on lower incomes are more likely to be classified as key workers and continue to go to work during...

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Lockdown pressures on mothers could stall gender pay gap progress

27 May 2020

Childcare pressures and a reduction in paid working hours brought about by the lockdown could risk reversing some of the...

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Post-coronavirus: How companies can learn from blockchain

27 May 2020

Tamara Haasen describes how blockchain influences the peer-to-peer structure of technology company IOHK and how all employers could apply it...

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‘Remote conflict’: What happens when teams work from home?

26 May 2020

It may be easy to assume that conflict only happens face to face, but even as entire teams have been...

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Working from home proves real bonus for City employees

26 May 2020

Large majority of finance workers find lack of commuting a key benefit in their new working lives.

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‘Rife’ furlough fraud being revealed by whistleblowers

22 May 2020

Firms have been putting staff on furlough then asking them to work, sometimes telling them they'll be sacked if they refuse.

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How can music improve productivity and focus?

22 May 2020

We know that music can make a huge difference to mood, but what about productivity? Greg Aiello from PRS explains...

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Creating a different kind of workplace

18 May 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week encourages employers to focus on 'kindness' at a time when workers throughout the world are beset by feelings of uncertainty.

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National Work from Home Day: employers should consider long-term benefits

15 May 2020

On National Work from Home Day (15 May), organisations are being encouraged to use the ongoing lockdown restrictions to consider...

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Return to work: employers’ questions answered

14 May 2020

Can our office reopen yet? Do we have to provide staff with PPE? Many concerns about the return to work...

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Health and safety regulator prepares for rush of calls as workplaces reopen

14 May 2020

HSE has contacted nearly 30 employers so far with orders to improve coronavirus safety measures.

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Coronavirus will widen gender gaps at work and home

14 May 2020

More women will lose their jobs than men and the coronavirus will widen gender gaps both at work and at...

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Covid-19 Secure guidance: Employers should publish risk assessments

12 May 2020

‘Practical guidelines’ have been published to help employers make workplaces as safe as possible, including the expectation that all employers...

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‘Businesses must be vigilant on employee stress as lockdown eases’

7 May 2020

Companies should not impose the same targets and expectations as they did before lockdown, warns a leading employment lawyer.

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Coronavirus: how Public Health England is keeping staff safe

7 May 2020

Minimising hot desking and adopting one-way systems in corridors among agency's in-house measures.

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