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Government to announce day-one right to flexible working

Posted on: September 22nd, 2021 by Ginny Hallam

Tomorrow, the government is set to announce proposals for employees to have the right to request flexible working from their first day of employment. Here’s what you need to know:

Day-one – employees will no longer have to wait until they’ve been employed for 26 weeks before making a flexible working request. You will be obliged to consider requests from the first day of employment.

Responding to requests – the current three-month time period to respond to flexible working requests is set to be reduced meaning you’ll need to provide a quicker response.

Refusing requests – if you turn down an employee’s request, you will need to provide an explanation and suggest an alternative work arrangement. Subject to tomorrow’s full announcement, your refusal is likely to need more robust, objective justification than the current reasons for rejecting a request.

We’ll update you once the full detail has been provided and when we know the new right is set to come into force. If you need support in managing future flexibility and flexible working requests, Intelligent Employment is here to help. Find out more.


This update is accurate on the date it was sent (22 September 2021), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.