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Flexible working is seen as a benefit to business because it encourages better relationships with employees, contributing to staff motivation and reduced absenteeism.
The Flexible Working Regulations 2014 extends the right of employees to request to work flexibly from 30 June 2014. Prior to this change, the right to request only applied to parents of children under the age of 17 (or 18 if the child is disabled) and certain carers.
The basic eligibility conditions for an employee have not changed and are as follows:
An employer has the right to refuse a request but requests must be handled in a reasonable manner and can only be rejected where there are sound business reasons.
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) have published a Code of Practice designed to help employers understand the changes and help them handle requests reasonably. However, if you require any more information do contact us.
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Government borrowing fell to £7.8 billion in December 2023 giving Chancellor Jeremy Hunt more scope to make the tax cuts he has hinted at in the Spring Budget.
Tax cut promises may need to be scrapped as a result of the UK being in an 'unfortunate economic and fiscal bind', the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned.
As always, the wellbeing of our staff and clients remains our priority and is at the forefront of our mind when considering our response to the current coronavirus situation. At present our office remains open during normal working hours however we are discouraging face to face contact and are moving to telephone/ e-mail communication wherever possible in an effort to protect ourselves and our clients.
In the absence of face to face meetings, you can contact us as follows:
Please be assured that we will be continuing to offer the best service and advice during this difficult period.
We will continue to closely monitor government advice on the situation and act accordingly.