Flexible working arrangments for employees with their employers has always been seen as the Holy Grail of the modern workplace. However, with the new legislation that came into effect from 1st July 2008, this is a small step towards achieving this for employees who need to effectively managing the juggling act between paid work and other activities that are important to us, including: spending time with family, taking part in sport and recreation, volunteering or undertaking further study. For the official definitions of flexible working arrangements by the Department of Labour, see the link below).
With the introduction of this legislation, this gives the employee the right to request flexible working arrangments, (providing the employee has been with the organisations for at least six months) and the employer must deal with a request in a reasonable manner, and only refuse a request if it cannot be accommodated on the specific grounds. (See the HR Guide).
HR Tool Kit:
- Flexible Working Arrangements Minimum Requirements
- Employment Relations Act – Flexible Working Arrangements