Employment

I’m finding it hard to juggle my work and care schedule

Why don’t you try? : Find out about flexible working

Flexible working is the name given to any type of working pattern which is different from your existing one.

Flexible working arrangements might include:
* changing from full-time to part-time work
* changing the part-time hours that you work, for example from weekends to weekdays
* changing working hours to fit in with, for example, school hours, college hours or care arrangements compressed hours, that is, working your usual hours in fewer days
* flexitime, which allows you to fit your working hours around agreed core times working from home or remotely for part or all of the time
* self-rostering, where your shift pattern is drawn up to match your preferred times as closely as possible
* shift working staggered hours, which allow you to start and finish your days at different times time off in lieu
* annualised hours, where your working time is organised around the number of hours to be worked over a year rather than over a week term-time work, so you don’t work during the school holidays.

You can ask for the change to be for: all working days specific days or shifts only specific weeks only, for example during school term time a limited time, for example for 6 months only.

There are 2 ways to ask for flexible working: a statutory request or a non-statutory request.
If your request is refused, you can check if it’s discrimination.

Making a statutory request
This is a request which is made under the law on flexible working. This means there’s a process set out in law that you and your employer need to follow when you’re negotiating your flexible working request. Only certain employees are entitled to make a statutory request.

Check if you can make a statutory request
To have the statutory right to ask for flexible working arrangements, you must be an employee. You must also have worked for your employer for 26 weeks in a row on the date you make your application. Even if you meet the entitlement conditions, you don’t have the statutory right to ask for flexible working if: you’re an agency worker – however, agency workers who are returning from parental leave do have the right to make a flexible working request you’ve asked for flexible working within the previous 12 months, whether your request was agreed to or not you’re an employee shareholder, unless you’ve returned from parental leave in the last 14 days.
If you don’t meet the criteria for making a statutory request, you could still make a non-statutory request, or make one under your employer’s scheme if there is one.

Source: Citizens Advice
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Here’s a tip for you to try this week :

Find out about your workplace’s flexible working policy, Have a discussion with your manager or supervisor about flexible working options, Book an appointment with a member of the Bridgit Carer Coach team, Think about what flexible working option would suit your current circumstances,

You can visit the Bridgit Shop at anytime to find our what products and services can support you.

Ask Bridgit for an interactive carer assessment

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