The right to request flexible working in Britain: the Law and organisational realities

Croucher, Richard ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9617-734X and Kelliher, Claire (2005) The right to request flexible working in Britain: the Law and organisational realities. International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, 21 (3) . pp. 503-520. ISSN 0952-617X [Article]

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Abstract

In April 2003 the UK Government introduced the right for working parents to request flexible working arrangements under the provisions of the Employment Act 2002. This legislation has been widely criticised as providing only weak rights for employees, as neo-institutionalist business systems theory would lead one to expect in Britain's 'Liberal Market Economy'. However, criticism of the law has to be tempered by understanding how it relates to practice in large companies and this paper investigates these practices. It finds that large companies have gone beyond the terms of the legislation, in order to establish themselves as 'employers of choice'. It is therefore argued that British practice, in reality, only partly conforms to the expectations generated by neo-institutionalist business systems theory.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School
A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Employment Relations group
Item ID: 8052
Notes on copyright: Accepted manuscript of an article published in International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, Volume 21, Issue 3 (2005) pp. 503 – 520. Reproduced with permission of Kluwer Law International.
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Depositing User: Prof Richard Croucher
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2011 11:39
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2021 19:40
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/8052

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