New flexible working bill receives royal assent
On the 20 July, the Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Bill was granted royal assent, giving employees in England, Scotland, and Wales more options when it comes to requesting flexible work arrangements.
Under the new law, employees can make up to two flexible working requests within a 12-month period, and employers must respond to these requests within two months instead of three.
Additionally, the bill now requires employers to consult with employees before denying any flexible working requests.
A further legislation has been introduced alongside the bill that will grant the right to request flexible working from day one of a new job.