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FLEXIBLE WORKING: Extended rights, extended risks

04 April 2014  

The forthcoming expansion in the right to request flexible working will create a new set of legal and practical challenges, warns Phil Allen

Today, flexible working arrangements are common in most workplaces and employment sectors. Employees can be engaged on an almost endless variety of patterns and terms. These include flexitime systems which allow employees broad variations in their working day and permanent individual arrangements allowing bespoke home-working or part-time working arrangements. With the forthcoming expansion of the right to request flexible working to all employees, we are likely to see even more requests for such arrangements and, almost inevitably, a greater proportion of employees will ultimately be engaged in a greater variety of ways.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Solicitors Regulation Authority v Mitchell [2014] UKEAT/0497/12

    Vision Events (UK) Ltd v Paterson [2013] UKEATS/0015/13