Legal Review of the Flexible Work Regulation of 2017

The flexible work arrangements is a variable work schedule in contrast to traditional work arrangements requiring employees to attend work for standard workday limits and at specific hours. Under flextime, employees choose their starting and quitting times subject to achieving the total daily, weekly, or monthly hours required by employers and subject to the necessary work being done. The flextime policy allows workers to determine when they will work; whereas the flex-place policy allows them to choose where they will work depending on the selected form of flexible work arrangements.

Historically, the flexible work arrangements were introduced in the United Kingdom in 1971. In Jordan, the Flexible Work Regulation (FWR) No. 22 of 2017 was published in the Official Gazette No. 5450 of 2017 on page 1924 on March 16, 2017. The government explained that the aim of the regulation is to enhance the economic participation of many segments of the population, especially women. Also, this regulation seeks to make the work environment more open and gives greater leeway for new and pioneer opportunities (as set out in the rationale of the regulation). On April 01, 2018, pursuant to the Article 13 of the regulation, the Ministry of Labor (MoL) issued the Flexible Working Instructions, it was published in Official Gazette No. 5509 of 2018 on page 1982.

The FWR and its instructions failed to live up to the expectations of those concerned with it, who consider that they have not introduced many changes. So hence, the idea of this project, which focuses primarily on examining the regulation and making the necessary recommendations to amend it, based on a field study to evaluate the understanding and the knowledge of the target group about the regulation and the extent to which they benefit from it. This, in addition to an in-depth review of its provisions by experts and specialists, and proposing amendments that meet ambition and achieve the intended objective of the regulation.

Karak Center for Consultation and Training thanks the Friedrich-Ebert- Foundation in Amman for its support of this project. The center also extends thanks to the experts and specialists who have provided their expertise for the success of this project, as well as the government agencies that participated in the specialistsʼ session, that was organized to discuss the regulation, and were attended by representatives of relevant government, private sectors, civil society, and lawyers.

ClientThe flexible work arrangements Servicesa field studyYear2017

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