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Dealing with Flexible Working Requests

Employees who care for someone, for example a child or adult, may find they need to approach their employer about flexible working.

The right to request flexible working has been extended to all employees who have been with their employer for 26 weeks. Work-life balance is a very real concern for employees which should not be considered out of hand.

Once an employer receives a request, they are legally bound to follow a statutory procedure to ensure it is given proper consideration. If those procedures are not followed, then employees are entitled to bring a claim against their employer.

Our employment solicitors help to minimise the risk of claims in this area by advising employers on their legal obligations and rights, or by intervening on their behalf to settle a dispute with an employee over flexible working requests.

It is important to remember that employers do not have to agree to a request for flexible working, but they can only refuse a request on reasonable grounds. A refusal may give rise to a claim in the employment tribunal for other reasons, such as constructive dismissal or discrimination.

If a refusal leads to litigation from an employee, we have the expertise to guide you through any hearings or tribunals. Our solicitors will fight your corner to reach the best possible outcome.

Our flexible working request specialists are part of our London based employer law team. We have almost four decades of experience helping clients from around the UK with a wide variety of legal matters. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.