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Right to request flexible working

Updating author: Kalpana Murthy

Summary

  • The right to request flexible working applies to all employees with 26 weeks' qualifying service. (See The right to apply for flexible working)
  • An application for flexible working is an application for a permanent variation to the employee's hours, time or place of work. (See Meaning of "flexible working")
  • An application for flexible working must be made in writing and must contain specified information. (See The application)
  • An employer that has received an eligible employee's application for flexible working must deal with the application in a "reasonable manner". (See The employer's response)
  • An employer that rejects an employee's request for flexible working must have one or more specified reasons for doing so. (See Rejection of an application for flexible working)
  • Flexible working claims may, with the agreement of both parties, be referred to arbitration under the Acas Arbitration Scheme. (See Referral to Acas Arbitration Scheme)
  • An employee may not lawfully be dismissed, selected for redundancy, victimised or subjected to any other detriment for asserting his or her right to apply for flexible working. (See Detrimental treatment and Dismissal)
  • Employers should be aware that refusal to grant a request for flexible working may lead to liability under the discrimination legislation. (See Rejection of an application for flexible working)

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