What do employers need to know?
When employers receive requests for predictable working patterns, they must follow a similar process as they would for flexible working requests. However, there is a significant difference.
Employers must respond to requests for predictable working patterns within one month, soon to be two months under proposed legislation changes.
The upcoming legislation on employee rights may affect certain employers more than others, particularly those who employ workers on zero-hours contracts.
However, it is crucial for all employers to stay informed about the new laws and make sure their employees are aware of their rights before they come into effect.
When will the law be implemented?
Acas is developing a code of practice for managing requests, with implementation expected in about a year.
The draft of this code is scheduled to be released for public consultation in the upcoming autumn season.
Once the consultation period has ended, the code will be finalised and published before the act and any secondary legislation come into effect.
Kate Palmer, HR Advice and Consultancy Director at Peninsula recommends that employers evaluate their requirements and communicate with their employees in a timely manner regarding consistent work schedules.