Changes to flexible working
From 30 June 2014, 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.
What employers must do
Employers must deal with requests in a ‘reasonable manner’.
Examples of handling requests in a reasonable manner include:
▪ 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.