§ Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbots
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What date explanatory booklets and guidance on the Flexible Working Regulations will be available. [HL1170]
§ Lord Sainsbury of Turville
The Flexible Working Regulations come into force on 6 April 2003.
In preparation for this, summary guidance on the Flexible Working Regulations has been available since August 2002 in both hard copy and on the DTI website.
Detailed guidance, which will include case studies and set of sample best practice forms to help employees make a valid application and employers handle the request properly, has been tested with key stakeholders. The aim is to have the finalised guidance available on the DTI website by the beginning of February, with a hard copy and an interactive website version by the middle of February.
The Acas helpline 08457 47 47 47, which provides advice and guidance on all employment issues, is already covering the new regulations. All helpline staff have received initial training and further more detailed training will be completed by the middle of February.