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Flexible working - the law and best practice

Certain employees have the right to request flexible working. If you receive such a request, you have a legal duty to give it serious consideration.

However, regardless of the legal obligations, businesses are appreciating more and more how flexible working can benefit their performance, eg through improved staff motivation and productivity.

This guide details the law surrounding flexible working requests, looks at how flexible working can benefit your business and outlines how you might introduce a flexible working policy.

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Introduction

 

The right to request flexible working - the eligibility criteria

 

Types of flexible working

 

The employee's application for a flexible working arrangement

 

Considering an employee's flexible working request

 

Reaching a decision on a flexible working request

 

The employee's appeal against a decision to refuse their flexible working request

 

Extensions to time limits and withdrawals

 

Dealing with unresolved flexible working requests

 

Employment protection rights in relation to employment tribunal claims

 

Business impact of flexible working

 

Here's how flexible working has benefited employees and our business