Policy News Journal - 2014-15

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“Cheaper and quicker internet access has played a big factor in the growth of home-working in recent years. Modern home-working is good for the economy as it increases productivity, helps businesses hold on to talented staff, and allows people with caring responsibilities or a disability to access the labour market. Despite all these benefits, many employers still don’t trust their staff to work from home and force them to make unnecessary time-consuming trips into the office so they can keep an eye on them. Employers need to take a more enlightened approach to home-working as it can benefit business, the workforce and the wider economy.”

Flexible Working Regulations now final

6 June 2014

The Regulations governing the new Flexible Working provisions have been laid before Parliament

The Regulations introducing the new Flexible Working provisions have now been laid before Parliament and are therefore final. The new provisions come into force on 30 th June 2014.

They extend the right to make a request for flexible working to any employee who has been employed for 26 weeks, not only to certain parents and carers as is currently the case.

ACAS guidance on flexible working and homeworking

2 July 2014

With the introduction of new flexible working rules ACAS have published new and updated guidance on this topic and on the related theme of homeworking.

ACAS has issued the following statement and associated guidance and code of practice:

All employees who have worked for an organisation for more than 26 weeks now have the right to request flexible working arrangements.

This right previously only applied to parents with children under the age of 17 (or 18 if the child is disabled) and certain carers.

There are many forms of flexible working such as part-time working, flexitime, job sharing, shift working or working elsewhere such as homeworking.

Acas has produced a Code of Practice and guidance for employers to help them understand the changes and how to handle requests in a reasonable manner.

Also view new Acas homeworking guidance which has been released to coincide with the launch of the new Flexible Working regulations.

Case Studies on flexible working

8 July 2014

Following the recent extension of flexible working to most employees, the Working Families charity has published some interesting case studies.

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