Flexible working explained
Flexible working is simply requesting to work a different pattern to that stated on the employee's terms and conditions of employment. Any employee with 26 weeks of service with the same employer has the right to make a request to work flexibly.
Examples of kinds of flexible working that can be requested include:
- reducing hours to work part-time
- changing start and finish times
- having flexibility with start and finish time (sometimes known as ‘flexitime’)
- working hours over fewer days (‘compressed hours’)
- working from home or elsewhere (‘remote working’)
- sharing the job with someone else (‘job share’)
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A model flexible working request form template to issue in line with best practice, containing clear and effective wording, which is easy to edit.
A letter from an employer agreeing to a request for flexible working or confirming agreement to an alternative working pattern.
This letter is to notify the employee that their flexible working request has been received and that a meeting will be set up to discuss it with the employee.
Use this letter to inform an employee that their request for flexible working has, unfortunately, been rejected and includes full rationale as to why.