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9 to 5, for service and devotion

Will working from home one day a week be the norm for this generation of young lawyers, asks Donna O’Neill

6 August 2014

Hands up who regularly spends a day at the office and then, during the stressful commute home, experiences the dawning realisation that you could have done all that work without ever leaving the house?
For those whose hands are firmly raised, change may be on the horizon.

From the end of June 2014, the legal right to request flexible working is given to
any employee who has provided at least 26 weeks’ service to the same employer. Flexible working is about working in a way which suits
an individual’s needs – such as flexi-time, compressed working hours or working remotely. However, an employer can refuse an application for flexible working if it has a good business reason for doing so.

Should this change benefit junior lawyers, who ...

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