Health unions welcome new flexible working rights

U.K.

Health unions believe that a new agreement on flexible working will help create a better work-life balance for many employees and improve recruitment. However, they also underline the importance of increasing staffing levels to ensure that the agreement can be fully implemented. The new contractual terms will allow staff to: request flexible working from the start of their employment (removing the requirement to have six months’ service); make an unlimited number of applications for flexible working, instead of just one a year; submit applications without having to justify requests or provide specific reasons; and access a process ​where managers must refer ​on requests that cannot be accommodated initially to ensure all possible solutions are explored.

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