The government is consulting on plans to reform flexible working regulations (The Flexible Working Regulations 2014) to give people the right to request flexible working from the first day of employment and give unpaid carers new entitlements.
Under the proposals every employee in Great Britain would be given the right to ask for flexible working when applying for a job or from day one of employment. Currently, people need to have worked for their employer continuously for 26 weeks and not made an application for flexible working in the last 12 months. Examples of flexible working include a job share, staggered hours, home working or phased retirement.
The proposals related to people juggling work with caring responsibilities are to give unpaid carers the right to one week’s unpaid leave per year, in addition to paid leave, to manage their caring role. This could be taken as whole or part days, although the employee would need to give their employer notice. The proposal is at least twice the amount of time as they are requesting, plus one day.
The consultation closes on Wednesday 1st December 2021 and you can take part online at www.gov.uk/government/consultations/making-flexible-working-the-default or call 0300 068 6604.