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Businesses unaware of flexi changes.

WITH flexible working legislation coming into force this week, new figures from online career portal Jobsite have revealed that over half (68%) of all of businesses in Wales are still unaware of the changes.

The new legislation was mandated on Monday and extends the right to request flexible working to all employees, regardless of dependents, providing they have worked for their employer for at least 26 weeks.

And despite well over three quarters (85%) of Welsh workers saying they would request flexible working hours given the opportunity, a massive 90% said they were unaware of the new changes.

The most popular reasons cited by Welsh employees for wanting flexible working are having more time to spend with their children (58%), feeling more productive if they could work flexi time (37%) and wanting a better work/life balance (17%). While the majority of employers are not prepared for flexible working, half (50%) still believe the new flexible working laws will improve their business, as their employees will be happier.

However, some employers are hesitant, with 1 in 5 (22%) admitting they are worried they will be understaffed due to flexible working.
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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jul 2, 2014
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