Katharine-KellyKatharine Kelly highlights the procedure that must be followed when considering applications for flexible working.

Flexible working has become a prevalent issue in the workplace due to the commitments of the modern employee. Every employer should have a well thought out policy to ensure that productivity is not compromised when employees exercise their legal right.

There are many different forms of flexible working that cover the way working hours are organised during the day, week or year. This could include working part time; using a flexi-time system, job sharing and working from home, along with many other alternatives.

Any employee can request flexible working but some employees have a statutory right to do so. That right has recently been extended to nearly all employees that have completed 26 weeks’ continuous service.

Applications must be made in a specified way and then you must seriously consider the application and only reject it if there are good business reasons for doing so. To avoid uncertainty within your workforce it is imperative that you have a clearly drafted flexible working policy ensuring that your employees are aware of their right but importantly to ensure that you have the best possible policy for your business requirements whilst staying within the parameters of the law.

Managing flexible working hours can be a challenge so our expert employment lawyers are here to assist in creating a policy that is tailored to your business and provide ongoing assistance to ensure that it is implemented correctly and effectively. Please call us on 08000 320 974 for assistance.

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