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All employees who have 26 weeks' service will be able to submit a flexible working request. Agency workers do not have the right to make a statutory request.
You are limited to one formal application every 12 months.
There is a statutory procedure set out in the legislation. You must make the request in writing, setting out:
However, as you are limited to one statutory request for flexible working each year, it may be better to see if your request can be accommodated informally first.
Employers are required to consider requests objectively and in a "reasonable manner". They must notify you of their decision within 3 months of the request being made, unless an extension is agreed.
Problems arise when the flexibility you need as a mother, father or carer does not always correspond with what your employer requires of you as an employee. You employer can only reject your request on one or more of the following grounds.
If your request is rejected, we can help you challenge the decision.