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The Flexible Working Hours Double Edged Sword

While the government has been good to its promise and brought in a new law to give workers more flexibility in the hours which they work, there are many in the business sector that believe that this is an ill judged move with major implications. In basic terms the new laws will allow parents to work different hours to accommodate school time, etc and leave businesses to pick up the pieces.

The Federation of Small Businesses believes that the changes will not only impact on the organisation and efficiency of their members operations but also add a £50 million burden to the sector. They argue that many of their members are already accommodating flexible working hours on an informal basis, but the move to legislation will cause havoc and allow many more people the right to change their hours.

It seems that the traditional UK working day of 9 to 5 may well be on the way out but at what cost?

While it is hard to argue that there was a need to formalise the subject of flexible hours, the burden this will place on small businesses may see many going to the wall â€" especially in the current environment.

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