Labour promises day one right to flexible working

Labour’s equalities spokeswoman is to announce plans for a day one right to flexible working.

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Labour is to announce plans to give workers a day one right to flexible working and place the onus on employers to prove roles are unsuitable for flexible working.

Dawn Butler, Labour’s equalities spokeswoman, is to announce today at the party’s Women’s Conference that Labour will introduce legislation for a day one right to flexible working.

Currently employers do not have to consider requests until an employee has been in a role for 26 weeks and they can reject requests on eight grounds as long as they have handled the request in a reasonable manner.

Labour says it would create a “presumption in favour of flexible working” in order to normalise flexible working and would provide new statutory guidance making it more difficult for employers to reject requests. Instead, they would have to prove roles were unsuitable for flexible working.



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