At Slater & Gordon Lawyers we are highly experienced in flexible working issues, and can assist if you have a dispute with your employer over any flexible working arrangements you may require as a result of your maternity or other caring responsibilities.
Flexible working includes a wide variety of approaches to structuring your working, through measures such as adapting your working hours, job sharing and home working. These measures are vital for many mothers and carers who have to juggle the conflicting commitments of work and care.
Help writing your flexible working letter to your employer
We know that sometimes people do not know where to start so we have produced a document which you do online which builds the letter for you. This has been put together by some of the top employment lawyers in the UK to give your request the best possible chance of being accepted. We have covered all the things we see come up. It is easy to use with instructions on how input the information needed. This is not a free service but some people will have a discount code which you need to input at the checkout.
The process for requesting a flexible working arrangement with your employer
Click the image below to download a PDF which outlines the process you need to go through to request flexible working arrangements:
Employees who meet certain criteria have a right to request flexible working arrangements from their employers. Although meeting these criteria does not automatically give you the right to work flexibly, your employer does have to consider your request for flexible working properly and give adequate reasons in the event of refusal. Also, in some circumstances, an unjustified refusal to allow your request may amount to indirect sex discrimination.
Sometimes problems can arise for those already working flexibly, perhaps because they receive less advantageous benefits than their colleagues, or if an employer decides the arrangement is no longer working.
Flexible working can raise a number of complicated legal issues. Each case needs to be assessed on a case by case basis and it is always sensible to seek legal advice if a flexible working request is refused, or if you are a flexible worker who is being treated badly by their employer.