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Draft code for flexible working launched by Acas

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The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has produced a draft code to help advise businesses with flexible working, according to personneltoday.com.

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The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has produced a draft code to help advise businesses with flexible working, according to personneltoday.com. Government officials asked the organisation to produce the code to help employers with new proposals that could see all employees being able to work flexibly if they have been at a company for 26 weeks or more. Situations such as family commitments or health problems would see all employees being able to request to work from home, such as in a garden office, or being able to work more flexible hours. Under the new rules, employers would have to consider each request in a "reasonable manner". According to reports, the draft code will offer short, practical advice to help employers when making decisions relating to flexible working. As well as the code, Acas will also be producing and publishing a non statutory good practice guide with examples that businesses can use in the workplace. Talking about its new scheme, Chair of Acas, Ed Sweeney, told hrmagazine.co.uk: "This draft code builds on our knowledge and expertise across all workplace issues. It will make it easier for employers to be fair in considering requests to work flexibly which helps to maintain good working relationships and minimise discrimination." Mr Sweeney also added that Acas was "very keen" to hear any views on the draft code, as well flexible working in general from employers and employees - especially those from small businesses.

Author:

Samantha Bartlett

26th February 2013