The BBC are reporting that the right to request flexible working (currently something that employees have a statutory right to request after six months) can be requested on day one – when they start a new job. Employers would also have to respond to such requests more quickly.
The TUC aren’t popping the champagne corks though:
“TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said that flexible working “should be a right” to everyone from their first day in the job.
“But these proposals won’t be the game changer ministers claim, as employers can still turn down any or all requests for flexible working,” she continued.
“The government should change the law so that workers have the legal right to flexible work from day one in the job – not just the right to ask for it.””