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Flexible working from day one?

The Labour party has pledged to give all employees the right to request flexible working from day one of employment if it wins the next general election. You could do this anyway, but why is it probably a bad idea? More...


The downsides of homeworking

It’s estimated that approximately 4.2 million employees carry out some form of homeworking. With these arrangements, much emphasis is placed on the advantages but there are significant downsides too. What are they? More...


Employees with care responsibilities for adults

The percentage of employees with care responsibilities for adult family members is increasing and will continue to rise with an ageing population and workforce. Must you grant them any time off for this purpose? More...


Accepting and rejecting flexible working trials

When an employee makes a flexible working request, you can insist on a trial period. As this nears an end, you’ll then need to decide whether to make it permanent or not. What’s the best way to communicate your decision? More...


Genuine homeworking or cheaper childcare?

An employee has submitted a request for homeworking and you suspect that it is motivated by a desire to reduce their childcare costs. How can you make it clear that your time isn’t for looking after their children? More...


Flexible working for football?

It’s been suggested that employers should consider granting employees who are football fans flexible working the day after major matches. Why is this a bad idea? More...


Children now at school, no more homeworking

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that an employer’s decision to withdraw a flexible working arrangement from a female employee because her children are now at school was wrong. Why? More...


Flexibly working as they please!

A few months ago an employee made a flexible working request and it was agreed that they could alter their hours. But they’re now coming and going as they please. How should you handle this situation? More...


Should the changes be in writing?

You may have staff who have agreed to work flexibly in order to try to avoid a redundancy situation. Can you simply rely on an “ad hoc” verbal arrangement, or is it safer to put it in writing? More...


Using flexible working to avoid redundancies

You might have heard that some employers are introducing flexible working as a means of avoiding redundancies. If this idea appeals, what key areas should you consider carefully before you approach staff about it? More...
Last updated: 21.05.2019

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