As a new school term starts, employees may be considering requesting flexible working. If so, employers must bear in mind the following:

  • Employees must apply in writing, date the application, state that it is made under the statutory procedure, specify the change that the employee is seeking and when they wish the change to take place. Explain what effect, if any, the employee thinks the change would have on the employer and how any such effect could be dealt with, and state whether or not they have applied previously and the date they did so (they can only make one a request every 12 months).
  • Employers must consider, and decide on, all applications within three months and must only refuse the request on one or more of the eight statutory grounds.