Flexible working came into force on 30 June 2014.
What is flexible working?
If you have worked for your employer for at least 26 weeks you have the right to ask for flexible working.
Flexible working can include working part time, working school hours, working flexitime, home working, job sharing, shift working, staggering hours and compressing hours (where you work your total number of agreed hours over a shorter period).
How do I apply?
You have to apply in writing explaining to your employer how you think the change in your working pattern with effect the business and how it will work in practice; you are able to make one request a year to work flexibly.
Does my employer have to agree?
Your employer does not have to agree. However, there is a standard procedure an employer must follow when considering the request, including having a meeting with you. The employer must give the request serious consideration and have a good business reason if they decide not to agree.
You are able to appeal the decision and also make a complaint if your appeal is refused. This can be a very complicated process, we would be able to advise you in every step of the way ensuring that you fully understood your position. We would also assess your case to see if you were able to bring a claim under discrimination.
For more information please contact Katherine Maxwell or Naomi Greenwood.