Flexible working arrangements are riddled with pitfalls for employers
Legislation regulating offences infringing employee rights should not be interpreted too broadly. I therefore believe, that the new type of offence concerning employee entitlements will only apply to situations where an employer was blatantly in the wrong, for example, where an employee is dismissed because of their request for flexible working arrangements or where an employer refuses to grant a request without having any grounds for doing so. However, this must be apparent and visible at first sight. In my opinion, it should not be possible to penalise an employer in a situation where the reason for refusal was the employer’s legitimate need, even if, in the employee’s view, their request should have been granted. – Paweł Sych comments for the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.