Flexible Working Policy
Why you need a Flexible Working Policy
Once an employee has been with a company for 26 weeks, they have a statutory right to make a formal request to change certain provisions in their employment contract. these changes can range from the hours and days they work, to the location of work.
What is a Flexible Working Policy
A flexible working policy lays out the steps the employer will follow when handling a flexible working request. The policy will explain to an employee how a decision will be reached and what factors will be considered. The flexible working policy will also ensure no discrimination and/or unfair bias.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How to request flexible working arrangements?
A: The usual starting place is by sending a clear and concise formal letter addressed to the employer. This should outline their current working situation, the suggested changes and the impact it will have on the employee and the business. Of course, an employee should familiarise themselves with any policy the company has in place first.
Q: Can an employer refuse a flexible working request?
A:Currently there are 8 reasons that an employer can refuse a flexible working request:
- it will cost the business too much;
- the employer cannot reorganise the work among other staff;
- the employer is unable to recruit more staff;
- quality of work will decline;
- the business will not be able to continue its standards towards its customers;
- performance will go down;
- there is not enough work to do in the hours the employee has requested; or
- the business is undergoing a change and the request does not fit with these changes.
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