The law relating to family friendly-rights and flexible working changes frequently. It can be difficult for employers to keep up with the obligations they owe to their employees. All employees now have the right to request flexible working and it is important that employers know how to deal with those requests and understand their obligations to employees who make a request.

Our expert employment lawyers can help in all areas relating to flexible working and family-friendly rights to leave and pay. We regularly review and amend existing policies and procedures, or provide new ones if required. We also help when you have a particular situation and you need advice on how best to proceed. If matters become contentious, we advise on the best way forward, whether that be investigating and responding to a grievance, defending a claim or negotiating with the employee to reach an amicable and workable solution.

Employers need to balance the needs of all employees and to be familiar with maternity, paternity and adoption leave and pay, shared parental leave, unpaid parental leave and the right to request flexible working. Ensuring compliance with all of the relevant legislation can be time-consuming and complicated. Responding to specific requests and issues can be difficult. The way in which requests and queries from employees are dealt with can also increase the risk of discrimination claims so it is important to seek advice on ways of minimizing problems at an early stage.

How Fox & Partners can help…

  • provide you with the policies you require
  • advise you on your obligations
  • provide training on flexible working and parental leave
  • answer ad hoc queries and provide quick, practical solutions
  • assist with requests from employees, including responding to any grievances.

Please call us on 020 7618 2400