Flexible Working by Audrey Williams

By Audrey Williams

Tips on how to make versatile operating an immense plus for employers tooIt's precise. versatile operating can deliver large merits to employers in addition to their staff. supplied it is dealt with thoroughly and either organisation and worker comprehend their rights and the way to address them.As an organisation, get your coverage correct and you may achieve the subsequent benefits: 1. Retention of employees and information; 2. Saving of recruitment bills; three. Saving on education costs--and time; four. much less absenteeism; five. stronger worker pride and motivation; 6. elevated productiveness and profits.Get your coverage fallacious and also you fall foul of the legislation and demotivate [or lose] sturdy employees. do you know of your rights--as service provider or employee?Recent study exhibits that some distance too many people, in addition to organisations, are blind to versatile operating rights. How employers and staff care for them is of crucial--and increasing--importance to both.But there's little or no released fabric to be had except facts and respectable experiences. This particularly commissioned record clarifies the legislation, units out the rights of supplier and worker and gives priceless useful suggestion on most sensible practice.Written through Audrey Williams, associate within the Employment workforce at Eversheds, the file features a wealth of case reviews illustrating the newest judgements in severe new parts, many as but now not attempted and tested.It additionally explains how versatile operating rights have interaction with The intercourse Discrimination Act and the incapacity Discrimination Act. there were a number of situations the place staff have established their case on a mix of flexibility and discrimination. it isn't with regards to ladies - it is the Sandwich GenerationAnyone liable for the care of either their youngsters and fogeys belongs to the 'Sandwich new release' [as the EOP calls it]. versatile operating impacts each person within the corporation, throughout all age teams. males up to girls. forty two% of all carers of older and disabled everyone is men.* There at the moment are extra over 60's than below 16's within the UK.By 2006, 45-59 year-olds will shape the most important team within the united kingdom labour force.*Statistic from The equivalent possibilities fee [EOP]

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Perhaps most importantly, health and safety obligations have to be considered and steps taken to ensure that, even when at home, the individual has a safe working environment where information is secure (particularly computer information) and that the appropriate work station assessments are undertaken (see for example, the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974 and Management of THOROGOOD PROFESSIONAL INSIGHTS 31 3 PRACTICAL ISSUES AND COMMON CONCERNS Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999/3242).

In another organisation, Fleetway Travel, the business case for home working was seen as particularly strong; the idea that more staff could be brought in to enhance sales – without the need for increased office space – held great appeal. All the organisations that the IDS study had spoken to had introduced pilot home working schemes before formalising the arrangement. At the Inland Revenue, pilot schemes were initiated in different areas of the organisation, giving management the opportunity to assess how applicable home working was for different jobs.

They are limited to changing the number of hours of work, the time during which individuals work or the place of work – as between home and or ‘place of business of his employer’. This can actually cover quite a number of changes. In terms of the hours or times of work, a number of different working patterns, many of which are examined in more detail in the DTI Guide,are included: • Part-time working, which could include some form of job sharing. • Compressed hours, where the individual works the same number of hours over a shorter period of time, perhaps expanding their working day but working less days in the week.

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