Flexible work: your rights

This is a quick guide to your rights when asking for flexible work. Currently this is open to parents of children under 6 and parents of disabled children under 18 . From April 2009 the right will be extended to parents of all children under 16.

Once your employer receives a request to work flexibly it must arrange a meeting with you to take place within 28 days. Within 14 days of the meeting the employer must respond in writing with a decision. If the decision is to reject the request you have a right of appeal. You must appeal within 14 days of the date of the decision. You have the right to be accompanied at meetings by a work colleague.
Your employer can refuse your application on a number of specified grounds:

  • Burden of additional costs
  • Detrimental effect on ability to meet customer demands
  • Inability to reorganise work among existing staff
  • Detrimental impact on quality
  • Detrimental impact on performance
  • Insufficiency of work during the periods the employee proposes to work
  • Planned structural changes

Deminos offer a free employment law guide. For more information on your rights, check out Family Friendly Working and Working Families.

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