ELA response to the consultation: Making flexible working the default

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Government is seeking views from individuals and businesses on proposals to reform flexible working regulations.

This consultation contains proposals to reform The Flexible Working Regulations 2014.

It also covers the wider work being undertaken by the government to encourage and support flexible working, and responds to relevant proposals from the July 2019 Good Work Plan: Proposals to support families consultation.

Further information on this consultation is available here.

ELA will be responding to this consultation and invites ELA members to apply to join the working party which will draft ELA’s response. The working party will be co-chaired by Clare Fletcher, Slaughter & May and Louise Taft, Jurit LLP.

The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2021. Those applying will therefore need to have availability to work in October and November.

Email us or reply by 5pm on 1 October 2021 to apply to join this working party with a couple of sentences about your practice. We are keen to ensure we have balanced representation on the working party representing all sides of the debate.

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How ELA working parties work

A typical working party will organise its work by sharing out the consultation questions amongst the working party members. In this way, the work can be shared out evenly, and members can volunteer to take on as much or as little as they feel able to at the time. Each working party member will then draft a response to the question(s) they have agreed to take on, within the agreed timetable. The submission deadlines are often quite tight, so it is vital that everyone keeps to the timetable. The chair(s) of the working party (who are almost always drawn from the L&P Committee) will then pull the individual submissions together and edit them for consistency, ensuring that our submissions are politically neutral and address the concerns of both employees and employers.

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