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Flexible Working Ė employee benefits
Work-life balance Ė employee benefits
Having the right Work-Life balance is increasingly important these days with most of us working longer and longer hours to make ends meet. Itís all very well knowing the answer to the question "what is flexible working?" but how does it benefit you as an individual and how do you go about getting it?
The benefits are fairly self-explanatory, it gives you a more flexible work time allowing you more time for you family and loved ones while still earning a regular income.
Any employee can ask their employer for flexible working, but unless you fit the below criteria you donít have the statutory right for your request to be heard.
The criteria you must match are that:
So long as you meet these criteria, you have the statutory right to ask as long as you:
Although the law states that if you match the above criteria it does not say that your employer HAS to grant you flexible working, only that they hear your case and can only reject your application if there is a good business grounds to do so.
To make your application you should set out the working pattern that you wish to be working, and how it can be accommodated by your employer as well as any benefits to the company that you can think of.
This needs to:
If you employer suspects you are trying to abuse your rights, they can ask for evidence, however you are not legally obliged to provide any proof of the relationship to the child or adult you are going to be caring for, or that they need any particular level of care, or even why it is you that has to provide the care rather then someone else.
If however, your employer feels that accepting your request to change your work patterns will damage their business then they have the right to refuse your application. If you believe that your employer hasnít considered your application properly, you have the right to appeal the decision.
You must make your appeal in writing within 14 days of receiving the written notice from your employer refusing your application. You can appeal if you want to challenge the reasons that your employer has given to refuse your application, bring something to their attention regarding your application that they may not have been aware of (e.g. a colleague who is now willing to cover any hours you donít want to work).
Your employer should then arrange the meeting within 14 days of them receiving your appeal and ideally a different manager should hear your appeal.
If you still donít get a solution that seems fair to you, you can try contacting Acas to see if they can provide a third-party mediator to help find a solution that is acceptable to all parties.
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