Flexible working changes from 30 June 2014 – time to update procedures

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The Flexible Working Regulations 2014 come into force on 30 June 2014. This extends the right to request flexible working to all employees with 26 weeks’ continuous service. The existing statutory procedure for considering requests will be replaced by a new, more relaxed duty on employers to act reasonably within a reasonable period. Employers should consider updating their flexible working policies to reflect the new entitlement and to ensure that their existing internal procedures do not set a more onerous procedure than that required by law.