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UK Passes New Law on Flexible Working


2014 UK LEGAL "RIGHT TO ASK" FOR FLEXIBLE WORKING ARRANGEMENTS

Until now, only employees in caregiving positions could request flexible working arrangements from their UK employers.  But that all changed last month, when the Government got involved.

The change to the law gives all UK employees the right to request flexible working arrangements, as long as they have a minimum of 26 weeks of service.  

So what is the UK Government trying to accomplish?  Culture change in tandem with economic benefits.   Here's what the UK Department for Business is forecasting:

  • 60,000 new flexible working arragements per year
  • 475 million GBP in overall economic benefits over 10 years
  • Improvements in productivity, attendance and employee retention
The extension to the flexible working rules comes alongside the introduction fo parental leave, which, starting April 2015, will combine materinity and paternity rights into one package.

What's your company's stand on flexible working arrangements?  Where are the early adopters, small majority, large majority and laggers going with flexible working arramgnements?  

This and many more critical topics are on the agenda for the Laguna Beach, CA  Remote Working Conference November 12-13.

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