Jo’s comments were published in Raconteur, 27 July 2023, and can be found here.
“This is a big change and it’s going to have quite an impact on smaller businesses which don’t have large HR teams.
“People will then have the ability to ask for a flexible working request as soon as they arrive at a business and they can do it twice a year. That could result in an awful lot of requests that will need processing.
“There’s a very strict process for flexible working requests and, if employers take too long to make their decision or give their appeal, they will automatically incur a penalty. This legislation has a few teeth if you get the process wrong.”