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Firms know lawyers want flexible working hours

Working from home warrants the highest level of trust between employee and employer, but reaps the biggest business benefits, explains Kayleigh Leonie

15 September 2015

Historically, flexible working was taken to simply mean working from home, which, in turn, was viewed as having an extra day off. Today, the definition of ‘flexible working’ is much more… flexible. Flexible working can now mean the ability for an employee to change the hours they work, the times when they are required to work, or their place of work (which could be to another of their employer’s offices). It could mean part-time working, compressed hours, flexitime, job sharing, or term-time working (to give just a few examples).

The rules around an employee’s right to request flexible working from their employer were extended in 2014, yet many people remain unaware of the change. There is no longer a requirement for an employee to be a parent or carer; they simply need 26 weeks’ service with their employer in order to make a request.

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