In what circumstances can an employer regard a request for flexible working as having been withdrawn?

An employer can treat a statutory application for flexible working as having been withdrawn if the employee fails to attend the initial meeting arranged by the employer to discuss the application and a second meeting arranged for that purpose, without good reason. The employer can also treat the application as withdrawn if the employee appeals a decision to reject the application and, without good reason, the employee fails to attend two meetings in a row arranged by the employer to discuss the appeal.

The employer must notify the employee that it has decided to treat the employee's failure to attend the meetings as a withdrawal of the application.