For certain employees, a request for flexible working should be given serious consideration as part of an employer’s legal duty – and the request should only be rejected if there are viable business reasons for doing so.
Whether it’s cutting hours to part-time, working from home, or being part of a job share, your eligibility for a statutory flexible working request depends on:
- Being an employee – agency workers don’t qualify
- Having 26 weeks continuous employment on the date the request is made
- Not having made another statutory request in the last year
If you do have the statutory right to apply, procedures must be adhered to by you and your employer, and the process can take up to 14 weeks.
To find out more about your rights as an employee, take a look at our flexible working page for a comprehensive overview.