Agree a trial period of flexible working

Key points

  • Where the employer is unsure of the viability of an employee's statutory flexible working request, it may agree a trial period to see how the proposed arrangement works in practice before making a decision.
  • Taking into account the length of the proposed trial period, the employer should consider whether or not to extend the decision period, which requires the employee's agreement.
  • The employer should consider any other terms that may be relevant to the trial period, for example that it may be ended prematurely or extended at the employer's discretion.

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