New flexible working legislation introduced

From June 30 employees will have right to request flexible working from their employer

Small businesses are being urged to take note of the new flexible working law, which has come into force today, giving all workers with at least 26 weeks of service the right to request flexible working.

An arrangement which allows employees to have some degree of flexibility on how long, where, and when they work, flexible working is said to increase employee productivity and it’s estimated that the change in regulation will bring £475m in economic benefits in its first 10 years.

According to research commissioned by LogMeIn which surveyed 500 business owners and 1,000 office workers, more than half of Britons are planning to make a request for flexible working once the rules are introduced with just one in four bosses actually planning to offer flexible working benefits to their staff.

Business owners are also said to be unprepared for the impending demand for flexible working with only a third of those surveyed expecting staff to make requests.

LogMeIn’s Stephen Duignan discussed the upcoming regulation:

“The days of working nine to five in a physical office are waning. Thousands of time-poor Brits are working increasingly diverse hours and in a wide range of locations, with many workers starting early and/or putting in hours away from the office to balance personal and professional commitments.

“Our research suggests that more than half of workers would like to strike a greater work/life balance by taking advantage of flexible working, which means employers need to consider the benefits and the technology needed in order to offer staff the ability to do so.”

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