Flexible working represents a major shift in the way businesses operate – and it’s important that firms of every size know how to manage it.
Every eligible employee is legally entitled to make a request for flexible working. As your business grows, it's likely that you'll be faced with such requests, so it's important you have a clear flexible working policy in place.
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Flexible working describes an arrangement that fits the personal needs of an individual employee. Employees’ needs can be varied, with childcare a common example – but flexible working is not restricted to parents or carers. A flexible working arrangement might involve working from home or another location, working part-time, or introducing flexibility to start and finish times.
Every employee has the right to request a flexible working arrangement, provided they have worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks.
Employers are legally obliged to deal with requests for flexible working in a “reasonable manner.” If you fail to do so, you may be taken to an employment tribunal.
However, you're entitled to refuse an application for a flexible working arrangement if there's a reasonable business reason for doing so, and it meets legal tests.
Acas have published guidance on handling flexible working requests in the required reasonable manner. You can read the short document here.
Our free customisable and downloadable flexible working policy outlines a detailed procedure. It includes:
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