Flexible working

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19 / 6 / 2014 Midnight

New Flexible Working Regulations effective from 30 June 2014

Practical information and advice on how to adopt good employment practice and the benefits that can be achieved in doing so, including the business case for flexible working, the process for applying for flexible working, the different types of flexible working, advice for carers, childcare in the NHS, home working and part time working tips which you can adapt and use within your organisation.

Flexible working - the business case

The UK workforce is now more diverse than ever before, reflecting changes in society and the make up of the population. Our flexible working business case shows the demand for more flexible working patterns is on the increase as a consequence. For information on flexible working business case see our web pages.

Applying for flexible working

The Government has announced plans to extend the right to request flexible working to parents of children up to and including the age of 18 from April 2011. This page sets out the procedures to follow when a request for flexible working is made. Find out more information about applying for flexible working and the application process.

About flexible working

Flexible working for employees is part of good employment practice. Flexible options support the delivery of improved service outcomes providing benefits for the organisation, individual and the patient. Read more about flexible working.

Flexible workforce A-Z

Our A to Z of flexible working provides a short summary of the range of practices available to you in developing your flexible workforce strategy.

Support for carers and young carers

Read more about how employers can offer support for carers and young carers in the work place.

Supporting staff with dementia

For more information on how you can support staff to stay in work with dementia. See our employers guide webpage.

Childcare in the NHS

The NHS childcare strategy supports the needs of all NHS employees by offering parents more flexible ways to work so that they can achieve a better work-life balance. Find out more about information on childcare in the NHS, financial advice, childcare vouchers and childcare issues for bursary-funded students.

Home working

The Government puts the number of home workers in the UK at well over three million and is encouraging employers to be flexible when it comes to where people work. Read about home working and the legal position, employer and employee responsibilities and risk assessment.

Part-time working

Part-time workers make up 25 per cent of all the workers in the UK, 80 per cent of them being women. Part-time work is where a worker is contracted for anything less than the basic full-time hours. Find out more about part-time work in the NHS.

Flexible working legislation and policy

Flexible working practices are backed up by employment legislation including the Employment Relations Act 2004, the Employment Act 2002 and the Work and Families Act 2006.

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