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Flexible working - the right to ask

13 January 2017

Employees seeking a better balance between the demands of work and personal life may seek a change in their working arrangements – for example by part-time working, job-sharing or a change in working hours. 

While there is no right to insist on working on different terms, there is a statutory right to ask for a flexible working arrangement and to have that request seriously considered. 

In June 2014 the right to make such a request was extended to all employees with at least 26 weeks’ service (not just those with caring responsibilities). The regime is supported by a statutory ACAS Code of Practice and an ACAS Guide.

This Inbrief summarises the right to ask for flexible working and also explains how discrimination law applies in this context.

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