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Flexible Working Requests by Employees

New flexible working regulations have come into force which significantly extend the ability to make such a request. Since 30th June 2014 any employee with more than 26 weeks' continuous service can make a request for flexible working, to a maximum of one request per year.

The request could be:

  • a change to the hours they work.
  • a change to the times they are required to work.
  • to work from home.
Employers do not have to agree to an employee working flexibly if there is a sound business reason for not granting the request. However, they must respond within three months and can only refuse on one of the following grounds:
  • the burden of additional costs 
  • an inability to reorganise work amongst existing staff 
  • an inability to recruit additional staff 
  • a detrimental impact on quality 
  • a detrimental impact on performance 
  • detrimental effect on ability to meet customer demand 
  • insufficient work for the periods the employee proposes to work 
  • planned structural changes to the busines.
If an employer's reason doesn't fall into one of these areas, an employee could make a claim at an employment tribunal.
If you have had a request from an employee for flexible working and are concerned about the impact it will have on your business, contact Ashley Hunt, Carrie-Ann Randall or Vaishali Thakerar on 0116 212 1000 or complete the form on the right for free initial advice.