New UK Flexible Working Rules From Next Week

    View Author June 2014

    Just a reminder that the new flexible working regime comes into force on Monday 30 June 2014.

    Going forward the right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service.  

    At the same time the Government is abolishing the statutory procedure for handling flexible working requests on the basis that it is too rigid and bureaucratic.  Employers will simply be required to handle requests in “a reasonable manner”.  The 8 permissible reasons for rejecting an application will remain the same.

    In keeping with the desire to avoid formal rigidity Acas has put together a new (and very short) statutory Code of Practice which is designed to guide employers on what it means to handle a request in “a reasonable manner”.  Acas has also published some good practice guidance which gives further detail on how to handle requests going forward. 

    For more thoughts on the impact of these changes, please see our recent blog posts: Brevity not the soul of wit for new Acas Code on Flexible Working and Contradictory Acas Guidance Mars Introduction of new UK Flexible Working Regime.