When a statutory flexible working request is granted, it becomes a permanent change to the employee’s contract. What would happen if, sometime later, you needed to change it could the arrangement be revoked?The statutory right to request a flexible working arrangement was first introduced by the Employment Act 2002. Since then, it has gradually been extended and now applies to all employees who are parents of children aged under 17 or 18 if the child is disabled and carers of certain adults. Where one is agreed, it amounts to a permanent change to the employee’s contract and the Act makes no provision for it to be revoked at a later date.That does not mean that it cannot be undone, you just have to tread carefully. You could begin by considering why you need to revoke the particular request. It may be appropriate if there has been a change in business circumstances. Where you believe it is unavoidable, establish the following information:l What has changed within your business that now justifies full-time workplace attendancel Why it affects this particular employee; andl Why there is no viable alternative, such as re-allocating certain duties to other staff or taking on a part-time employee.Having done this, review the business grounds upon which an employer can initially reject a statutory flexible working request. If your current justification falls within one or maybe more, of these grounds for example, planned structural changes to your business, tougher trading conditions and/or the burden of additional costs use it to back up your case.Next, arrange a meeting with the employee and explain the exact reasons why the issue has arisen it can be helpful to put this in writing beforehand. Allow the employee time to respond and be prepared to listen to any other proposals they may have. Ideally, following this meeting, they will either agree to the revocation or you will reach a mutually agreeable compromise.Do not state that the required change must happen immediately. An employee is more likely to agree to something voluntarily if they are given sufficient time to prepare for it for example, three months may be needed to arrange alternative care for their dependant.Should the employee refuse to accept the revocation point-blank, but your request has solid grounds, you could serve them with notice and then dismiss for “some other substantial reason”. However, this must always be your last resort after exhausting every other workable option.When granting a flexible working arrangement, you can protect your position by retaining the contractual right to revoke it later. Even though the Act does not provide for this, there is nothing to stop you putting a clause of this nature in the employee’s new contract of employment. Where it exists and you have solid evidence to back up your revocation, they will have difficulty objecting to it.Members can obtain a ’revocation of flexible working arrangement’ clause, by calling the NAMB on 01920 468061.
Jason Momoa Joins Cast of ‘Dune’ Sci-Fi RebootAmazon Baits Prime Customers With Advanced ‘Aquaman’ Screening Stay on target Drastic times call for drastic measures: Jason Momoa has shaved his trademark beard in the name of environmentalism.The actor, known as Game of Thrones‘ Khal Drogo and DC’s Aquaman, pruned his face in an effort to raise awareness for aluminum recycling.“Goodbye Drogo! Goodbye Arthur Curry! Goodbye Declan!” he boomed in a video, bidding adieu to some of his famously bearded characters (including Declan Harp of Frontier).Dressed like an escaped convict, Momoa wanders through the desert with an unnamed friend and an electric razor, slowly hacking away at his face as he explains the importance of eliminating plastic waste.“Goodbye Drogo, Aquaman, Declan, Baba!” (via Jason Momoa/YouTube)“I just want to do this to bring awareness that plastics are killing our planet. And I think I have a solution,” he said. “There’s only one thing that will really help our planet, save our planet—as long as we recycle—and that’s aluminum.”Nearly 75 percent of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today, according to the Aluminum Association.The material is 100 percent recyclable and retains its properties indefinitely. Which means today’s Coke can may be tomorrow’s Dr Pepper can, which may be the next day’s Sprite can, and so on.“You drink the can, and in about 60 days it’ll be back,” Momoa said, what remains of his 12-year-old beard blowing in the wind.Plastic, on the other hand, is more of a challenge to properly recycle.When different types of plastic polymers are melted together, they tend to phase-separate, like oil and water, creating structural weaknesses in reprocessed products.The two most widely manufactured plastics—polypropylene and polyethylene—behave this way, which limits their utility for recycling.So while you may feel good about tossing that empty water bottle into a blue bin, it would ultimately be more helpful if that bottle were actually a can.“Water in cans, NOT plastic” (via Jason Momoa/YouTube)Momoa is leading by example, showing off his own product: a line of still, alkaline, sparkling, and spring water in a pull-tab can.“It’s just water, but I feel good about it,” he said in the video.“Aquaman’s trying to do the best he can,” the clean-shaven actor said. “For my kids, for your kids, for the world.”More on Geek.com:Ralph Lauren’s New ‘Earth Polo’ Is Made With Recycled Plastic BottlesDead Whale Found With 80 Pounds of Plastic Bags In Its StomachSquid Protein Could Be an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Plastics