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National Work-Life Week Day Four: Flexible Working in Focus

With an increasing number of employees valuing a good work-life balance, it’s important for employers to be aware of the right to request flexible working. This right gives employees who have at least 26 weeks service the right to ask for a change to their working hours, if they haven’t made a request in the previous 12 months.

So, what sort of changes can employees ask for? Flexible working requests can be for all sorts of changes to working hours such as:

  • Changes to start or finishing times
  • Reducing the number of days or hours worked each week
  • Compressed hours
  • Term time only working
  • Job sharing
  • Working from home

Where flexible working requests can be accommodated, it often benefits both parties as employers can see an increase in motivation and employee retention.

If you receive a flexible working request from an employee, you should contact Kingfisher Professional Services Ltd to discuss your situation. We can provide practical guidance on the process to follow when considering the request and information about the statutory grounds for refusal if you are concerned you will not be able to accommodate the proposed change.