Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hooray, Get Ready to Flex Your Week; WORK Compress Those Hours but Keep Full-Time Status the Nine-Day Fortnight Is Your Future, Says Joshi Herrmann

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hooray, Get Ready to Flex Your Week; WORK Compress Those Hours but Keep Full-Time Status the Nine-Day Fortnight Is Your Future, Says Joshi Herrmann

Article excerpt

MOST people know of someone who falls down with well-timed ailments to extend their weekends with eyebrowraising predictability. Now the practice seems set to become legitimate, as more employers such as publisher Conde Nast are offering workers contracts for nine-day fortnights.

With the laws on the right to request flexible working changing next week so that everyone is entitled to ask for a more convenient working pattern, companies have increasingly started writing a fortnightly day off into the employment packages of mothers who want a day to spend more time with their children, and childless workers who want to pursue other activities.

"I've seen quite a bit of it recently," says Jessica Corsi, partner at employment solicitor Doyle Clayton. "It works well for people who want a bit more involvement with their children but don't want to drop down to four days and become a 'part-time worker'.

"Employers like it because it isn't too drastic, and workers feel more comfortable asking for it because it's a less significant request than a day a week. …

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