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UK: Flexible working requests

From 6 April 2024, employees will be able to make a flexible working request from day one of their employment. It is expected that other changes to the current flexible working regime, which are set to make it easier for employees to make a request, will be introduced at the same time. These changes include that employees will be able to make two statutory requests within a 12-month period, employers must respond to a request within two months, and they must consult with the employee before rejecting a request.

See our updated Navigating the forthcoming flexible working reforms on the key upcoming changes and ACAS’ consultation on an updated Code of Practice – currently in draft form awaiting parliamentary approval, which aims to create a culture which is more supportive of flexible working arrangements, in addition to reflecting the upcoming changes.

Key Action Points for Human Resources and In-House Counsel

As a result of the upcoming flexible working reforms, employers are likely to see a rise in the number of flexible working requests, and with each request potentially taking more employer time to process.

Employers will need to review and update their flexible working policies and establish clear decision-making processes.

Clyde & Co can assist you in adapting to these changes and ensuring compliance with the reforms.


The Flexible Working (Amendment) Regulations 2023; Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023; Code of Practice on requests for flexible working | Acas