What is a statutory flexible working request?

A statutory flexible working request is a request that satisfies the requirements of s.80F of the Employment Rights Act 1996. It is a request from an employee to make a change to his or her terms and conditions of employment relating to:

  • the hours that he or she is required to work;
  • the times when he or she is required to work; or
  • the place where he or she is required to work (as between his or her home and the employer's place of business).

All employees who have at least 26 weeks' continuous service have the right to make a statutory request to work flexibly.

The request must state that it is a request under s.80F, specify the change being sought and the date when the employee proposes that it should take effect. The request must also explain what the employee thinks the effect of the change will be on the employer's business and how that effect may be dealt with.

Employees are allowed to make only one request in any 12-month period.