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With the school year back up and running, there are many parents who are looking to return to the workplace on a flexible basis and to work around school hours.

Whilst many businesses may be unable to accommodate this type of working, more and more companies are seeing the benefit of providing flexible working arrangements to tap in to the pool of skilled and experienced parents looking to return to the workplace.

Existing staff can benefit too and whilst there is no mandatory requirement to grant flexible working, parents of children aged 16 and under (disabled children under 18) and carers of adults who have been employed for a period of 26 weeks have the right to apply to work flexibly. Applications need to be made in a specific format detailing what arrangement the employee wants to propose and how they feel it would fit in with the needs of the business. Crucially, however, there is no requirement on the employer to accept all requests, but they must consider these applications reasonably and fairly.

There are many different forms of flexible working, from homeworking, part-time working, flexi-time, job sharing and shift-working, plus many other flexi-working options, so establishing the practice that works best for your business can benefit all concerned.

Employees who work flexibly often have a greater sense of responsibility, ownership and control of their working lives, where an employee is likely to feel more able to focus on their work and to develop their career. Absenteeism and sickness leave could also decrease.

Customers can also benefit, as flexible working potentially allows your business to operate under new hours, enabling better access to your products and services.

To discuss a flexible working scheme that can benefit your business, contact our HR specialists Stuart Atherton and Nia Godsmark on 01792 450010 or email [email protected]

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Peter Lynn and Partners was established in 1999 to offer top quality commercial and civil advice to businesses and people in Swansea. With several offices in the heart of the Swansea area and a base in Cardiff as well, PL&P offer a wide range of legal advice and services to individuals and businesses across the South Wales region.

Their experienced solicitors provide a high quality service, which is tailored to the specific legal needs of the client, and ultimately aim to be ‘Preventing Legal Problems.’ We provide our clients professional legal services in lots of different sectors including Personal Injury, Family Law, Wills and Trusts, Residential Property, Commercial Property, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Criminal Law, Agricultural Law, and Sports and Entertainment Law.

Peter Lynn and Partners have 40 members of staff which contain nine partners, 21 qualified solicitors and paralegals who are backed by a team of seven support staff. They are committed to securing the best outcome for all our clients.

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