June 9 2014.

A new law is soon to come into force which will extend the right to flexible working arrangements, while new parents will be permitted to share their leave.

The Children and Families Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 13th March 2014. This legislation implements a number of government measures designed to make the UK’s employment practices more flexible and family friendly.

One of the main changes brought in as a result of the act is the extension of the right to request flexible working arrangements. Previously, the right to work flexibly under the statutory flexible working regime was only available to parents of children under 17, or under 18 for disabled children, or to those caring for an adult.

From 30th June 2014, however, the right will be available to all employees with 26 weeks’ service or more, who no longer need to prove they have caring responsibilities. In addition, the government has made the procedure for making a flexible working request easier for both employers and employees. The strict statutory timetable for setting meetings and responding to requests will be replaced with a new broader duty to deal with requests reasonably and within three months of the employer receiving it.

To read more on this important subject turn to Business Journal on page 40 of the June issue of Motorcycle Trader or CLICK HERE to read it on-line.