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As part of keeping you in our focus, our ‘legal lightbulb’ update ensures you’re on top of the latest changes in legislation, case law, and people trends.

New bill to provide the right to request predictable working patterns

The Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Bill gives workers the legal right to request more predicable terms and conditions from their employer. Targeted at zero hours contracts, workers will have the right to make up to two requests per year if:

  • They’ve been employed by the same employer for a “prescribed period” – likely to be 26 weeks’ employment;
  • There is a lack of “predictability” in relation to the work they do (yet to be defined); and
  • The change relates to their “working pattern”.

There’s no obligation to agree to a request but you’ll need to respond within one month. Any rejection must be for a specific reason (the reasons will be listed by the legislation). The bill has government backing meaning it’s highly likely to become law – we’ll keep you up to date.

Government appoints first Menopause Employment Champion

The government have appointed the first independent Menopause Employment Champion (despite recently rejecting a range of proposals intended to support employees). The role will support employers to create menopause policies and take proactive steps to support those experiencing menopause symptoms. If you need a head start on introducing a menopause policy, Intelligent Employment has got you covered!

People dates for your diary – April

01-30 | Stress Awareness Month – promoting positive mental well-being

01-30 | Active for April – doing something active every day for the month

07 | Walk to Work Day & World Health Day – taking simple steps to improve health

28 | World Day for Health and Safety at Work – promoting positive practices

Get in touch if you’d like to discuss anything we’ve covered in more detail.
This update is accurate on the date it was sent (14 March 2023), 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.

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