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Find out how to confidently respond to any flexible working requests you receive. Download our request form to give to your staff, and learn what to do when you receive a request, and the reasonable grounds for refusal.

What it is and who can request it 

All employees have the right to request flexible working, as long as they've worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks. 

An employee can only make one application in any 12-month period.

Flexible working can involve:

  • Job sharing
  • Working from home
  • Working part-time
  • Compressed hours
  • Flexitime
  • Annualised hours
  • Staggered hours
  • Phased retirement

Share our form with staff who wish to make a request   

It covers all of the points the employee must include in their application. We made it with the help of Forbes Solicitors.

KeyDoc: flexible working request form

What to do when you receive a request 

Respond promptly 

While you have 3 months to consider and respond to the request, this period must also include time to complete any appeals.

You can take longer if you agree this with the member of staff.

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