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Consult on making flexible working the default

Last updated 4 years ago

We will [encourage flexible working and] consult on making it the default unless employers have good reasons not to.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.39

Our verdict

  • This is a promise to “consult” on introducing a legal standard for employers to offer flexible working, which is when working hours or location are altered to suit the needs of employees. 
  • On 17 June 2020, a government minister restated this pledge, but no formal consultation has yet been launched.
  • Until a consultation is announced, this policy remains ‘not started’.

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