Supporting your right to flexible working
- There are several different flexible working arrangements, and you can ask to work flexibly if you’ve been in your current job for at least 26 weeks.
- Your employer does not have to agree but they do have to deal with applications in a reasonable manner.
- If your request is refused, we can help you through the appeal process and check if you have a legal claim.
If you have worked for your employer for at least 26 weeks, you have the right to request to work flexibly.
What is flexible working?
Flexible working includes arrangements where employees have some level of control over their working hours, location, and/or working pattern. This could include options such as working from home, part-time working, job sharing, compressed hours, and more.
How do I apply?
You have to apply in writing, explaining to your employer how you think the change in your working pattern will affect the business and how it will work in practice. You can make one request per rolling 12 month period to work flexibly.
Does my employer have to agree?
Your employer does not have to agree. However, an employer must deal with the request in a reasonable manner and have a good business reason if they decide not to agree.
We can advise you every step of the way, ensuring you have fully understood your position. If you’re refused the opportunity to work flexibly, we can also assess your case to see if you have a possible claim.
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