The big, expected change – the right to request flexible working from day one – is not included in the Flexible Working Act, which recently received Royal Assent. However, it seems as if the Government still intends to make this change. The Act includes the following changes:
Flexible working doesn’t only mean working from home. An employee might, for example, wish to match working hours with their child’s school terms.
The paternity leave regime currently means an employee can take two weeks of leave in the first 56 days after birth or adoption. Should the changes come into force, employees will be able to take two separate one-week blocks at any point during the first year.