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Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023 - what is changing?

Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023 - what is changing?

From 6 April 2024 employees will have the right to request flexible working from day one of their employment. 

Key features of this change include:

  • Employees can now make two statutory flexible working requests within any 12-month period, rather than just one as it currently stands.
  • Employers will have two months (reduced from the current three months) to consider and respond to statutory flexible working requests. 
  • Employers must consult with employees on alternative options before declining a statutory flexible working request. 
  • Employees will no longer be required to explain the impact of their flexible working request or how it could be mitigated. 
  • The previous requirement of 26 weeks’ service for making a flexible working request will be removed. 

What should I do next?

Ensure that your company policies and procedures align with the new statutory requirements. 

If you need further information about the changes or require assistance to ensure full compliance, feel free to reach out to us today by emailing