Extension of Right to Request Flexible Working: Who Cares if you’re a ‘Carer’?
For most people in 21st century Britain, there is a desire, ‘work to live’ rather than ‘live to work’. Flexible working, be it in the form of working from home, compressed hours, flexi-time, part time or job sharing, allows people to achieve a work- life balance, giving them more control over their working week and as a result, their lives. The Children and Families Act 2014, which received Royal Assent on 13th March of this year, addresses this work-life balance for all employees. The reality of the modern workplace means that many employees almost expect ‘flexible working’ and see it as standard, whereas until now in reality it has been anything but. The fact remains that an employee does not have a right to flexible working, simply a right to request it. Nothing in the new legislation changes this position. That being said, it is now a right that a lot more people have; will the floodgates open?