Manitoba has recently introduced legislation that would make it easier for businesses to introduce flexible work hours. The new legislation allows employees to balance their work hours with their home and family needs.
Under the current employment standards code, the standard hours of work are eight hours in a day and 40 hours in a week. When the needs of a business cannot be accommodated within these standards, employers may apply to the director of the Employment Standards Branch for a permit to average the standard hours of work across a specific number of weeks.
Up until now, permits were not generally given for flextime or to accommodate individual employee schedules. The proposed changes would allow for individual agreements between employers and employees to alter the standard hours of work by giving the workers who have home or life issues the option of flexible working.
Flexible working offers businesses an access to a wider pull of potential employees. It allows businesses to hold on to experienced and skilled staff, increases productivity, boosts morale, reduces absenteeism and increases staff engagement.
However, the Manitoba’s new legislation also raised many concerns amongst employers. More flexibility results in increased uncertainty, increased administration time and additional costs.
So what’s the solution?
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