Flexible Working Legislation

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Flexible working can describe a place of work, home-working or a type of contract, such as a temporary contract. Other common variations include: part-time working, flexitime, job sharing or shift working.

Parents of children aged 16 or under, or disabled children under the age of 18 have the right to apply to their employer to work more flexibly under the following circumstances:

  • Employees must have 26 weeks continuous employment at the date the application is made.
  • Employers have statutory duty to consider applications.
  • Once agreed it becomes a permanent change to the contract of employment.
  • An employee has the right to appeal if necessary against the outcome.
  • Negotiate an agreement if requested hours are not possible.
  • Only one application can be made in a 12 months period.
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