New date announced for the extension of the right to request flexible working


On 16 January 2014 we reported that, on 6 April 2014, the Government planned to implement changes to the law on flexible working. These changes included extending the right to request flexible working to all employees with 26 weeks’ service even if they did not have responsibility for the care of a child or a vulnerable adult; and replacing the overly prescriptive “right to request” procedure with a general duty on employers to deal with any flexible working request “in a reasonable manner”.

The 6 April 2014 launch date was subsequently shelved but the Government has announced that these provisions will now come into force from 30 June 2014.


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