Flexible working can deliver a win-win situation where employees are happier and more engaged because they are better able to manage the various demands on their time.
An employee who is an official of an independent trade union is entitled to paid time off in certain circumstances.
Employees, workers and contractors have different rights and responsibilities.
All pregnant employees are entitled to time off to keep appointments for antenatal care made on the advice of a registered medical practitioner, registered midwife or registered health visitor.
A person in a qualifying relationship with the pregnant employee is entitled to unpaid time off work to accompany the expectant mother to two antenatal appointments.
Parents of children under the age of seventeen (or disabled children under the age of eighteen) and carers of adults have the right to apply to their employer to work more flexibly.
In addition to contracts of employment, a number of other types of contracts exist.
An employee who is an official of an independent trade union which is recognised by the employer must be allowed reasonable time off with pay during working hours to: