November 27, 2018

Breaking HR News: New flexible work arrangement terms take effect from December 1

There’s been an update in the HR world – new flexible work arrangement terms.

In short, the new term requires employers to undertake the following before formally responding to a request from an employee:

1. Discuss the request with the employee, and

2. Genuinely try to reach an agreement that will reasonably accommodate the employee’s circumstances.

A refusal of a request must be provided in writing and must outline a detailed reason for the refusal. An employer has 21 days to respond.

These changes are far-reaching and as with any breach of the FWA carry some significant penalties. However, with some practical guidelines and useful protocols, we believe these changes can be managed effectively.

Speak to us if you want more information on our Flexible Working Toolkit or to discuss any other HR related matters.

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Merilyn founded Catalina Consultants in 2012 on the belief that all organisations, regardless of size, should have access to top quality bespoke HR services. She enjoys working closely with her clients and believes that the best results are built on relationships of rapport, trust and authenticity. Growing up, Merilyn had her sight set on stardom and dreamed of becoming an actor. She also sang and played the piano, but ended up studying accounting and HR. Whilst she hasn’t won her Grammy just yet, she still loves a good karaoke night. Merilyn loves to travel with her family, with South Africa being one of her most memorable destinations.

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