20 July, 2023
In 2022, the Government committed to making the right to request flexible working a "day 1" right in a bid to give workers a greater say in where, when, and how they work. As a result, they enacted The Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023 which has recently completed its passage through Parliament and now awaits Royal Assent.
This Act will bring in several changes to the current flexible working regime. The Government hope that giving employees greater access to flexibility will bring more people into the workforce and ultimately lead to happier, more productive staff. Additionally, it will bring legislation up to date with society which, since Covid, has seen a significant cultural change in many sectors, with flexible working and the ability to work from home becoming the norm.
Although yet to receive Royal Assent, is it likely that this Act will come into force in 2024. It is therefore crucial that employers are aware of the changes and consider the impact that this might have on their business. All employers should begin to review their policies and procedures relating to flexible working to ensure that any which need updating are ready for when the new regulations come into force.
For more information contact Andrew Halpin in our Employment & HR department via email or phone on 01772 220239. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.
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