Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023
Effective by Spring 2024
The Employee Relations (Flexible Working) Act gained Royal Assent on 20 July 2023. It allows employees will be able to make two, rather than one flexible working request in a year, and employers will have two months to respond to them, as opposed to three.
Employees will no longer bear the burden of explaining how to mitigate the effect on their employer. Further, employers will be obliged to consult with the employee should they refuse their flexible working request.
It is unclear as to when the Act will come into effect, although it is expected to be no later than spring 2024.
It had been proposed that this Act would make these flexible working requests a day one right, although this has not been enshrined in this Act. However, the Government has suggested that it will enact secondary legislation to remove the 26 weeks of minimum service currently required to make a flexible working request.