Flexible Working

Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs, for example having flexible start and finish times, or working from home. All employees have the legal right to request flexible working - not just parents and carers. This is known as making a statutory application

Employees must have worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks to be eligible. 

What employers must do

Employers must deal with requests in a reasonable manner.

Examples of handling requests in a reasonable manner include: 

  • assessing the advantages and disadvantages of the application 

  • holding a meeting to discuss the request with the employee 

  • offering an appeal process 

If an employer does not handle a request in a reasonable manner, the employee can take them to an employment tribunal.
An employer can refuse an application if they have a good business reason for doing so.

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Additional information on flexible working can be found on GOV.UK's website.