On the 23rd September 2021, the government issued a consultation regarding “making flexible working the default”. Rather than making significant changes to the current legislation on flexible working, the consultation aims to encourage conversations around the topic to move with the shift in the way we now work since the start of the pandemic. It is important to note that despite the proposals made in the consultation, the current legislation still stands - employees still have a right to request, and employers still have a right to reject (with a legitimate business reason).
What is the current legislation?
What proposals for changes to the current legislation did the consultation make?
The consultation encourages those who have a voice within the Flexible Working Taskforce body to develop the necessary advice to support the new way in which we work to help create a more flexible working friendly culture. Though no changes have officially been made to legislation, it is clear that the government are aware of the cultural shift in the way we now work and wish to take the necessary steps towards making flexible working more accessible for employees.
Our tips to handling requests for flexible working:
Will your business be more open with flexible working conversations since the shift in the way we work? Will you welcome potential changes to the current legislation?
If you need help with flexible working requests, or any other HR related issue, contact us today at [email protected]