Flexible working laws are changing - What you need to know

Published Aug 17, 2023

The law around flexible working will change in 2024 when the Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023 is implemented.

The Act will enhance the existing right for employees to request flexible working.

The main changes to the current legislation will be as follows:

•Employers will be required to consult with the employee requesting flexible working before they can reject it
•Employees will be able to submit two flexible working requests in any 12-month period. The current limit is one request per year.
•The timeline for responding to flexible working requests will shorten from three months to two months
•Employees will no longer be required to put forward suggestions for how their request might be implemented
•Employees will have a day one right to request flexible working instead of needing to complete the current qualifying period of 26 weeks service

Under the new legislation there will not be an automatic right to work flexibly. Instead, the Act only grants employees the right to request flexible working.

Once the regulations are published and the effective date is confirmed we will update you again.

Source: Gavin Parrott