Increasingly in recent years, a work life balance has become more and more important for employees and as a result some employers will have seen an increase in flexible working requests. It is therefore important that employers know how to deal with flexible working requests fairly and objectively in order to minimise the risk of potential discrimination and constructive dismissal claims.
Financial penalties for employers
On 17th December 2018, the government published the Good Work Plan which set out the government’s vision for the future of the UK labour market. Within the plan the government committed to a range of policy and legislative changes.
As a result of the Good Work Plan, the Employment Rights (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 (the “Regulations”) were made on 28th March 2019 in order to enforce various commitments which were set out in the plan.