Changes to statutory flexible working request rules

Implementation date: Expected July 2024

The Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023, which received Royal Assent on 20 July 2023, provides for changes to the rules on statutory flexible working requests, including allowing employees to make two requests in a 12-month period and reducing the time within which the employer must notify the employee of its decision to two months. The Government has also confirmed its intention to introduce legislation to take forward measures including making the statutory right to request flexible working a day one right.

It is not yet known when the Act or underlying regulations will come into force, although in its press release the Government states that it "expects the measures in the Act and secondary legislation to come into force approximately a year after Royal Assent, to give employers time to prepare for the changes". 

See Right to request flexible working for more information.