Loophole leaves employers facing huge employment claims

July 2003
Management Services;Jul2003, Vol. 47 Issue 7, p3
Academic Journal
This article discusses why turning down an employee's request for family friendly hours, in Great Britain, could cost employers tens of thousands of pounds in damages. New employment legislation gives all employees with a child under six the right to ask their employers to work fewer hours or even work from home. If an employer refuses they will have to give the employee, in writing, clear business grounds for their decision. An employee who disagrees with their employer's decision can then bring a claim for damages in an employment tribunal. What is more, although the flexible working rules were designed to prevent an employee from challenging an employer's decision, if a sex discrimination claim is brought at the same time, the employer will automatically lose this protection. This means that the burden will be on employers to justify their reasons to a tribunal and face hefty damages if the tribunal disagrees with their decision.


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