The Cost of Getting Flexible Working Requests Wrong & How to Avoid Discrimination Claims
In the recent case of Thompson v Scancrown a Tribunal awarded almost £185,000 in damages after an employer refused to grant a flexible working request.
The case is a salutary warning to employers and demonstrates how important it is for organisations to consider flexible working requests carefully. The decision comes at a particularly important time, as flexible working requests are on the rise.
The right to flexible working is one that has already evolved over time. Enshrined in the Employment Rights Act 1996, eligible employees can currently make a written request specifying the change or changes that they are seeking to their current working arrangements.
However, in addition to the procedural requirements under the Employment Rights Act, there is a very significant risk of discrimination claims where flexible working requests are mishandled.
This virtual classroom seminar will take you through the Tribunal’s findings in Thompson v Scancrown (as well as a number of other important recent decisions) and show you how to ensure that staff requests are appropriately understood and considered and avoid the risk of future claims.
What You Will Learn
This live and interactive session will cover the following:
- The key lessons arising from Thompson v Scancrown (and a number of other recent decisions)
- The statutory framework that employees must follow when making flexible working requests, and that employers must abide by when responding
- High-risk situations and in particular cases which involve potential indirect discrimination
- The information and knowhow you need to carefully navigate these types of requests
- Recent government proposals including the Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy consultation on a bill that would entitle employees to request flexible working from the first day of a job instead of having to wait six months
Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.