The Government has confirmed that all employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous employment will have the right to request flexible working from 2014.

The current statutory procedure for considering flexible working requests will be replaced by a duty on employers to consider requests in a reasonable manner and within a reasonable period of time. Guidance on the meaning of ‘reasonable’ will be included in an ACAS code of practice which tribunals would have to take into account when considering complaints. As now, employees will only be able to make one request in a 12 month period.