Flexible working laws are changing from 6 April for British businesses. Here’s how to prepare.

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Flexible working
Flexible working

Does your business employ people? If the answer is ‘yes’, you will need to change how you manage flexible working requests from your employees.  All employees have the legal right to request flexible working – not just parents and carers. 

From 6 April 2024 employees will be able to make a statutory request to make permanent changes to their contract from their first day of employment. This means that from day one, they can ask an employer for changes to how long, when and where they work.  

Employees will also be able to make two requests in any twelve-month period, rather than the current one request.  

In addition, you will be required to make a decision on the request within two months of receiving it. Currently you have three months.  

Should you feel unable to accept the request, you will need to consult with your employee.