How to request flexible working

If you’re currently employed in the UK, you only have the right to request flexible working if you are a registered carer or if you have children under the age of 17, or children under the age of 18 if they are disabled.

However, as we reported on Sunday, this will all change on June 30th when the UK’s Flexible Working Regulations are amended to allow anyone the right to request flexible working, so long as they have been with their employer for at least six months.

And a recent poll run by HR consultants, Croner, and YouGov found over a quarter (26%) of UK employees planned on making an application for flexible working, which includes everything from working from home, to flexi-time, to job-sharing.

So if you’re one of the 26%, here’s how to request flexible working from your employer…

How to apply for flexible working

You will need to hand a written request to your employer, outlining the following:

  • The date of your application
  • The change to working conditions you require, e.g. flexi-time, remote working, etc.
  • When you want the change to take effect
  • What impact this could have on your job and, if necessary, how this can be dealt with
  • A statement that this is a statutory request
  • The dates, if any, of previous requests for flexible working

 What happens next?

Once your application has been submitted, your employer will have three months to reach a decision, including any appeals.

If your request is turned down, you have the right to appeal.

If you’re employer arranges any meetings to discuss your application or a subsequent appeal and you fail to attend, your request can be withdrawn.

If your application is unsuccessful, you won’t be able to make another one for a further 12 months.


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