Where a statutory application for flexible working is acceptable as it stands, is the employer obliged to arrange a meeting to discuss the request?
Employers have a general duty to deal with statutory flexible working requests in a reasonable manner. If an employee submits a request that the employer is prepared to accept as it stands, the employer must notify the employee of its decision within three months of the application. There is no obligation on the employer to arrange a meeting to discuss the request.
Notwithstanding that there is no statutory duty to hold a meeting, even where the employer accepts the request it may choose to discuss the request with the employee to ensure that the proposed flexible working pattern is the most suitable arrangement for both the employer and employee.