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New right to flexible working legislation now live

07/07/14 - 12:51

New legislation has just come into force (30th June) which allows workers to request flexible working.


Is your business ready for the legislation and do you know what your responsibilities are?


Do you want to find out more about how you can request flexible working as an employee?


If so, contact us at hello@cathcartassociates.com and we can send you a handy PDF guide. Here are a few highlights below:


Key points

  • Requests should be in writing stating the date of the request and whether any previous application has been made and the date of that application
  • Requests and appeals must be considered and decided upon within three months of the receipt of the request
  • Employers must have a sound business reason for rejecting any request
  • Employees can only make one request in any 12 month period


Making a request 

Although employees with less than 26 weeks service do not have a statutory right to request flexible working, some employers may allow all staff to make a request.

To make a request for flexible working employees must:

  • make their request in writing, state the date the request is made, the change to working conditions they are seeking, and the date they would like the change to take effect 
  • state whether they have made a previous application for flexible work and the date of that application 
  • what change to working conditions they are seeking and how they think this may affect the business e.g. cost saving to the business 
  • if they are making their request in relation to the Equality Act 2010, for example, as a reasonable adjustment for disabled employee