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HR Legal Update – Acas publish ‘final’ version of code of practice on the right to request flexible working

We highlighted to our subscribers in a legal development alert last month, that the right to request flexible working has been extended to all employees with at least 26 weeks' continuous service from 30 June 2014 and that to assist employers with handling flexible working requests, Acas produced a new code of practice. When the alert was sent out the code was in draft form, and on 30 June the final version was published: ‘Code of Practice – Handling in a reasonable manner requests to work flexibly’. The final version contains no major changes from the draft and is accompanied by ‘The right to request flexible working: an Acas guide’. As we advised in the alert, employers should review their flexible working policy and procedures to ensure the contents of both documents are incorporated, particularly as the Code will be taken into account by employment tribunals when considering relevant cases.

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