Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs, eg having flexible start and finish times, or working from home.
All employees have the legal right to request flexible working – not just parents and carers.
This is known as ‘making a statutory application’.
Employees must have worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks to be eligible.
Employers must deal with requests in a ‘reasonable manner’.
assessing the advantages and disadvantages of the application
holding a meeting to discuss the request with the employee
offering an appeal process
If an employer doesn’t handle a request in a reasonable manner, the employee can take them to an employment tribunal.
An employer can refuse an application if they have a good business reason for doing so.