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New tribunal figures suggest fears over flexible working unfounded

The figures show that in the past year, there have been only 10 successful claims relating to the failure of an employer to implement flexible working. Out of a total of 218,100 tribunal claims made in 2010/11, only 277 centred on failure to comply with flexible working rules, of which 229 were either successfully conciliated by Acas or settled out of court.

Government proposals to extend flexible working to all employees with 26 weeks' continuous service or more had prompted fears of a massive leap in tribunal action, with employers expected to feel overburdened with flexible working requests at a time of economic hardship. These figures, however, would seem to show that employers are already recognising the benefits of flexible working in terms of increased productivity and improved staff performance.

Acas offers conciliation in cases of alleged non-compliance with flexible working provisions. We also provide training for employers on flexible working and on implementing family-friendly policies in the workplace.

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