What equality law means for you as an employer: working hours, flexible working and time off: Equality Act 2010 guidance for employers: vol. 2 of 7

What equality law means for you as an employer: working hours, flexible working and time off: Equality Act 2010 guidance for employers: vol. 2 of 7
Document type
Guidance
Corporate author(s)
Equality & Human Rights Commission
Publisher
Equality & Human Rights Commission
Date of publication
1 August 2015
Subject(s)
People management: all aspects of managing people
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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This updated guide is one of a series written by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to explain what an employer must do to meet the requirements of equality law. This guide is volume 2 of 7.

This guide is for employers who are making decisions about their workers’ hours, whether they can work flexibly, or have time off.

It covers the following situations and subjects:

  • Making a decision about a person’s hours of work or request for flexible working:
    • Avoiding direct and indirect discrimination.
    • Making reasonable adjustments to remove barriers for disabled people and avoiding discrimination arising from disability.
    • Considering requests for changes to hours of work or flexible working on the basis of association with a protected characteristic.
    • Considering requests for changes to hours of work or flexible working relating to a worker’s religion or belief.
    • Considering requests for changes to hours of work or flexible working relating to a worker’s gender reassignment.
  • Making a decision relating to time off:
    • Avoiding direct and indirect discrimination.
    • Making reasonable adjustments to remove barriers for disabled people and avoiding discrimination arising from disability.
    • Considering requests for time off relating to a worker’s religion or belief.
    • Considering requests for time off relating to a worker’s gender reassignment.
    • Pregnancy-related absences.
    • Maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

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