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.