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.