Flexible and part time working

Tees provides practical legal advice for businesses offering employees flexible working – including job sharing, part-time work, home working and compressed working hours.

Katherine Jameson, Bishop's Stortford
Katherine Jameson, employment law specialist in Chelmsford

Specialist legal support for employers

Flexible working is becoming more commonplace, as more and more employers embrace the business benefits it can bring. You might consider flexible working as a way to:

  • Increase productivity – studies show that flexible working can drive productivity
  • Reduce employee turnover – flexible working policies can help you recruit, and retain, the right talent
  • Improve morale – flexible working can improve the relationship between employers and employees.

Flexible working – the legal implications for employers

If an employee requests flexible working, or you wish to make flexible working an option to your employees, it’s vital that you take legal advice. Businesses must comply with strict legal requirements regarding flexible working. Failure to comply with regulations may put your business at risk of legal claims by employees. 

Tees can help you put the correct procedures in place, and follow a formal process. Flexible working can be informal, but following a defined process can help protect your business from risk. It minimises the risk of dispute, and clearly sets out the expectations between your business and your employees.

How we work with you

At Tees, our priority is to protect your business interests. We will advise you on the best way to move forward with your flexible working policy, and any issues which may arise as a result. We’ll also ensure that you have the right procedures in place from the offset, minimising the potential for legal claims.

Tailored support for your business

Our employment law solicitors can support you as much or as little as you need – our service is fully flexible. We can support you in a number of ways, including:

  • Ensure you have the right policies in place
  • Guide you through the legal procedure
  • Advise you on suitable flexible working patterns
  • Advise on specific issues arising from a flexible working request
  • Assist you in responding to a request for flexible working
  • Train your managers to have the confidence to deal with flexible working requests
  • Defend you in any legal claims brought against the business.

Employment tribunal representation 

If you do not follow the procedure correctly you could face an Employment Tribunal claim. This could cover both the flexible working application itself and also any resulting discrimination implications. If your business is facing a claim as a result of flexible working or discrimination, call our employment law team on 0800 0131165. We provide support through litigation and mediation, where required.

What to do next

Your people are crucial to the success of your business. Don’t leave managing your relationship with them to chance. Call us now for a confidential discussion about how we can help.

Call our Employment Law solicitors on 0800 0131165

For an initial consultation, at no obligation, or fill out our enquiry form and a solicitor will get in touch.

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