Employees of all companies will be able to request flexible working arrangements when they start new jobs under proposals to be published by ministers.
It is understood that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) plans to allow millions of workers to request flexible working from day one at a new employer, replacing the current 26-week period.
The move, which one industry source said could be announced in the coming days, has been planned since before the 2019 general election but has been thrown into sharp relief by the pandemic’s profound effect on working patterns.
One insider pointed that employees would be given the right to request – rather than demand – flexible working, encompassing the time, location and hours of work.
That right, after six months in a new role, has been in place since 2014, although the proportion of the workforce actually allowed to work flexibly … Read more