Katy Meves considers whether women will come off worse in the remote working revolution

Employees have had a limited, statutory right to request flexible working since 2003, which has slowly expanded over the years. Initially being limited to carers of children under six, it was extended to carers of adults, then to parents of children up to the age of 16 and then, from 30 June 2014, to all employees who met other eligibility criteria, including having been employed for a minimum of 26 weeks prior to making a request. At the moment, a request can only be made once in any 12 month period.

Also, in 2014 the statutory procedure that employers had to follow in dealing with such requests was replaced with a general obligation to consider requests in a “reasonable manner”, together with a new statutory Code of P...

Katy Meves
Employment Law Specialist
Springhouse Solicitors

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