Government plans to extend flexible working rights to all employees in a bid to stop women being “locked out of the workplace” and boost GDP may have a “more limited” impact than expected, a lawyer has warned.
- There is currently no proposal to compel employers to accept flexible working requests. They can refuse applications on a variety of grounds ranging from having to take on additional costs to a detrimental impact on customer service, quality or performance.
- Many employers have already gone further than the statutory scheme already. For example, a CBI survey of London employers during the Olympics found that more than 50% intended to permit their staff to work flexibly during the Games.
- It is becoming increasingly common for employees who have reduced their hours to find that there is no automatic entitlement to increase them again if they need the money.