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Day-one flexible working right ‘words on a page’ without enforcement

Darren Jones MP, chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said: “Updating labour laws to reflect more flexible working is welcome, but as ever, these laws only matter if they are used.”

He was responding to yesterday’s government announcement that it would remove the current 26-week qualifying period and give employees a day-one right to request flexible working.

Staff will be able to make two flexible working requests in any 12-month period, and employers will be obliged to respond to a request within two months, instead of the current three.

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