Flexible working

Since April 2007 carers, as well as parents, have had the right to request flexible working. From 30 June 2014, with the introduction of the Children and Families Act, all employees with 26 weeks service can request to work flexibly; the requirement to be a parent or carer has been removed. Flexible working could include things such as changing hours or working from home.

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How do employees make a request?

Your request to work flexibly must be made in writing, dated and should include:

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An employer can only refuse a request if they have good business reasons from a specific list which is set out in the law. 

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Read a summary of how to request flexible working and what to do if your request is refused:

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Requesting flexible working

Your employer may have a standard form but if not you can use this sample form to make a statutory request to work flexibly.

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