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.


 

Health & safety homeworking – Home hazards

3 Apr 2005

Following last month's feature on policing the home office, Christine Jenner looks at employers' responsibilities towards health and safety checks for employees working at home

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Conservatives wow parents with extra cash for childcare

29 Mar 2005

The Conservatives have promised extra money for childcare and maternity leave

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Workplace inflexibility costs employers good staff

17 Mar 2005

Research reveals that a long hours culture in the workplace leads stressed parents to change jobs in search of greater flexibility

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Trust is not a four-letter word

15 Mar 2005

The technology is now in place to let your highly-valued employees work from Outer Mongolia should they so desire. But UK plc is wary. Simon Kent finds out how organisations can learn to let go and make trust a key element of their strategy

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Quest for the best

8 Mar 2005

Recruitment remains a problem for many public sector organisations. Ross Wigham asks why and profiles three organisations that may be overcoming the problems head on

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Parenting hampers City careers

7 Mar 2005

One in three working parents is considering giving up work to care for their children

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Acas backs bid to extend flexible working to part-time staff

14 Feb 2005

Acas chief executive John Taylor has pledged its full support to help employers extend flexible working to part-time staff

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EOC finds part-time work fails to capitalise on expertise

14 Feb 2005

More than half of the UK's part-time workers are in jobs that they feel fail to capitalise on their qualifications, skills and previous management experience, according to the Equal Opportunities Commission.

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Labour puts workplace issues high on election agenda

11 Feb 2005

The importance of workplace issues for the electorate was underlined today when Tony Blair announced that childcare and immigration will be on Labour's election "pledge card".

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Hospitality workers upbeat about 24-hour working

4 Feb 2005

More than half of pub, hotel and restaurant workers welcome the change to flexible closing times, believing it will bring them more flexible working hours

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Flexibility pays off for small business

25 Jan 2005

There is no reason for flexible working be a burden to businesses, as the Federation of Small Businesses, British Chambers...

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Brownies in search of new leaders

25 Jan 2005

The push for flexible working is having unfortunate repercussions for the Brownies. Girlguiding UK, which runs the Brownies, says 50,000 seven to 10-year-olds are on a waiting list to join the organisation because it cannot attract enough adult volunteers to run Brownie groups.

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Proof at last: flexibility works

25 Jan 2005

A new report on flexible benefits shows that schemes can improve employee commitment and reduce staff turnover

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Family-friendly policy tops 2005 government agenda

18 Jan 2005

The general election is likely to see all major parties promising policies to improve voters' work-life balance

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Work-life balance moves to top of the agenda for workers

17 Jan 2005

Three times as many workers in the UK would prefer a better work-life balance in 2005, compared with those who want more money, research reveals.

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