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    It’s time to be flexible at work

    From today employees will be able to request changes to working hours.

    If you’ve been working for a an organisation for 26 weeks continuous service then you now have the right to ask for flexible working. It will give you the right to ask your boss for a change to your contractual terms and conditions of employment in favour of a more flexible approach.

    Previously this right to request applied to parents of children under 17 or to those caring for an adult.

    Employees must make their request in writing, setting out the date of the application, the change in working conditions they are seeking, and when they want it to take effect. They must set out what effect they think the requested change would have on the employer and how, in their opinion, any such effect might be dealt with.

    Here is a list of some of the most popular options.

    Part-time working. Part-time hours are agreed to fit around someone’s circumstances, such as needing to start work later each day.

    Flexi-time. There will generally be core times during which an employee will have to work, but outside of these they will have flexibility to choose when they work the other hours.

    Job sharing. A popular arrangement. Typically two employees will share the work usually completed by one.

    Working from home. Another popular option. The rising use of the internet has meant it’s easier for people to work away from the office - and avoid boring commutes.

    Term-time working. Ideal for parents. An employee will be able to take paid or unpaid leave during school holidays in order to cope with childcare demands.

    Staggered hours.
    This enables workers at the same place to have different start and finish ties. This is regularly used as a way to cover longer opening hours

    Annual hours.
    The number of hours an employee works over a year are calculated and then split into set and reserve shifts, worked as required.

    Compressed working hours.
    The agreed total hours worked in a week are compressed into fewer days. This means longer shifts, but fewer office days in the office.

    Shift working. Necessary for the emergency services for example, where workers will be needed around the clock.

    OnCe a new way of working is in place you would need to keep to it for 12 months. You could request to go back to the way you worked but there’s no guarantee that would happen.

    I think most people would agree this is a step forward. I used to work for an organisation that allowed most of the above for the last few decades.

    LINK TO ACAS http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1616
    Last edited by Lighttouch; 30-06-14 at 10:16.

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