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Flexible working

Your employees may make a written request to work flexibly. This could include a request to work part-time, do a job share or alter their working hours. Employees can only make this request if they have been continually employed for 26 weeks or more. You are obliged to deal with such requests lawfully. We can advise you on the process you should follow so that you stay on the right side of the law.

Just because an employee makes a request, it does not mean you have to agree to the request. There are a number of reasons why you could reject a request. We can talk you through the reasons and help you decide if you can accommodate the request.

Employees can only make one request within a 12-month period. However, you may have been faced with an influx of competing requests and are unsure which ones to deal with first or whether you should agree to one and not another. You should consider any requests carefully and identify the reasons for the request. Failure to do so could result in an employment tribunal claim being issued, for example where an employee is making a request as a reasonable adjustment to their disability.

We can advise you on the steps to take to minimise the risk to the business. Call on on 02392 801 102 or email us for free to discuss any flexible working requests that you have received.

Offices in Eastleigh and Fareham.

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