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5. Legislation

5.1    This Policy complies with national legislation, including the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000, the Fixed-term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002, the Equality Act 2010, the Flexible Working Regulations 2014 and the Flexible Working (Amendment) Regulations 2023 (“The Flexible Working Regulations”), and the Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023. 

5.2    Statutory rights to temporary leave, such as maternity, parental, emergency, paternity, and adoption are covered by separate arrangements outside the scope of this Policy. Details of relevant policies and notes of guidance are available on the Human Resources Division website

5.3    Every effort will be made to handle requests in a timely fashion. Requests made under the Flexible Working Regulations must be considered within a period of two months from the date of the request, including any appeal, unless an extension to this period is agreed between the Institution and the staff member making the request. For further details, see sections 7.3 to 7.5.