A brand new survey from Acas claims that over two-thirds of workers (70 p.c) will not be conscious of new versatile working rights that imply they may have a proper to request versatile working from their employer from day one in all their job subsequent yr. All workers who’ve labored for his or her employer for 26 weeks or extra at the moment have the appropriate to ask if they’ll work flexibly. A brand new change within the regulation will make this a proper that applies from the primary day of employment.
Acas says it can produce a brand new statutory Code of Observe on dealing with requests for versatile working to help employers and workers by way of this modification and different reforms, which can be launched subsequent yr.
Acas Chief Govt, Susan Clews, stated: “There was a considerable shift in versatile working globally, which has allowed extra individuals to higher stability their working lives and employers have additionally benefitted from being a gorgeous place to work. It is necessary for bosses and employees to be ready for brand new modifications to the regulation round the appropriate to request versatile working, which can be coming into drive subsequent yr.
“Acas has simply consulted on a brand new draft Code of Observe, which strengthens good follow on versatile working and addresses vital upcoming modifications to the regulation. The ultimate new Code can be revealed subsequent yr.”
The day one proper to request versatile working will come into drive on 6 April 2024. Extra regulation reforms on versatile working which might be outlined within the Employment Relations (Versatile Working) Act 2023 are anticipated to come back in on the identical time.
Acas’s draft statutory Code of Observe on dealing with requests for versatile working consists of data on:
who ought to be allowed to accompany an worker at conferences to debate a versatile working request
the necessity for transparency about causes for rejecting a request
making it clear that employers ought to proactively provide an enchantment the place a request has been rejected
The session on this new draft Code has now closed and a ultimate model of the Code can be revealed subsequent yr.