Employee Rights: Navigating New Flexible Working Laws

 The wheels of change are turning as the new flexible working laws have finally come into effect, marking a significant step forward in aligning legislation with the evolving world of flexible working.

What has changed and what does it mean for you?

  1. Flexibility from Day One: One of the most exciting changes is that flexible working will now be a day-one right for employees. You won’t have to wait around for 26 weeks before you can request flexible arrangements (which was the previous law). Whether you’re a night owl or a morning person, the power to shape your work schedule is in your hands from the get-go.
  2. Two’s Company: You can now make two flexible working requests every 12 months. So, if you find that your initial request doesn’t quite hit the mark, don’t worry—you’ve got another shot at agreeing a policy that works for you.
  3. Fast-track Responses: Employers now have a tighter two-month window to respond to your flexible working requests. The Act reduced the time limit for employers to deal with flexible working requests from three to two months, although this can be extended if the employee agrees.
  4. Let’s Talk About It: Communication is key. Before an employer responds to your request, they’re now required to speak with you to explain their position. On the other hand, employees don’t need to justify or explain the impact of their proposed changes anymore. It’s all about mutual understanding and finding a solution that works for everyone.

So, how can you make the most of these changes as a job seeker? Here are a few tips:

  • Know Your Worth: Don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself and your needs during the job search process. If flexibility is important to you, make sure to communicate that to potential employers from the get-go.
  • Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date with the latest developments in flexible working laws and regulations. The more you know, the better equipped you’ll be to navigate the ever-changing job market.
  • Be Flexible (Pun Intended): Remember, flexibility works both ways. Be open to compromise and creative solutions that meet both your needs and the needs of your employer.

Fexible working isn’t just a trend—it’s the way of the future. So, embrace it, take ownership and watch as your work life balance flourishes like never before.