ACAS seeks views on draft flexible working code

Today, ACAS has launched a consultation on a draft Code of Practice on the extended right to request flexible working.

The right to request flexible working was first introduced in April 2003 for parents of children under six years old or under 18 if the child has a disability.  The right was extended to certain carers in 2007 and further extended to parents of all children under 17 in 2009.

The right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees who have worked for their employer for 26 weeks or more, with effect from 2014.

The Government has asked ACAS to produce a Code of Practice to help businesses manage this new extended right.

So this is your chance to have your say and help draft the guidance for the benefit for all. The consultation will run for 12 weeks and closes on 20 May 2013. Responses can be submitted by email or letter – email address is righttorequest@acas.org.uk.

In the meantime if you need any help with flexible working requests do not hesitate to contact us on 01905 744530.

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