NEWS FLASH!! Flexible Working Open to All!

The right to request Flexible Working changes today, here’s what you need to know…
What is Flexible Working?
It is simply that, it allows and Employee to change their working pattern to assist in accommodating commitments / needs outside of work, for example:
 They may wish to compact their working hours into less days by working longer hours
 They may want to work part time, or partially from home
 Work their Annual hour spread differently across the year
 They may simply wish to start earlier or finish later
Who can request Flexible working?
From today, 30th June 2014, all employees that have 26 weeks continual employment with a company can make the request. Only one request can be made by an employee in any 12 month period.
How should someone apply for Flexible Working? 
All requests must be made in writing to the employer clearly outlining the following:
 Their exact requirements including start date
 The reasons for making the request to change
 The effect it could potentially have on the business and how it can be dealt with
 Confirm whether they have previously made a request and when
So What happens next? 

Employers should hold a meeting within 28 days of receiving the request with the  employee, who has the right to be accompanied by a work colleague of their choice. Within 14 days of the meeting the employer must then either: Confirm that the request has been granted. It would be reasonable to request a trial period to ensure that the proposed changes will work for both parties with a set time period. **


 Confirm that the request has been rejected, outlining clear business reasons for the decision. It must also be confirmed that the employee as the right to appeal.

Business reasons for saying No.

 Unable to re-organise work among other staff
 Additional cost will be incurred by the business
 The business will be unable to meet customer needs if approved
 There would be a detrimental impact on performance or quality of work
 Work is unavailable during the periods the employee wishes to work
 Planned structural changes

Remember the above must be supported with business evidence

** If the trial period was successful the employee should be informed in writing of the exact date these permanent changes will take place and that the changes will result in changes to their terms and conditions of employment. If the trial period is unsuccessful the employer as the right to revoke the request giving legitimate business reasons for the decision.

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