Why don’t you try? : Asking to reduce your hours at your workplace
Any employee (other than an employee shareholder, see below) with 26 weeks of service with the same employer has the right to make a request to work flexibly; you don’t have to be a parent or carer.
By ‘Flexible Working’ the government means altering the way you work. This includes changing your hours, either compressing them or changing to part-time or term-time only, or working wholly or partly from home.
Making the request
Any employee with 26 weeks service can make a request.
- Be in writing.
- Be dated
- Explain the change they would like to their working pattern.
- Explain when they would like the change to come into force.
- Explain what effect the change would have on the business.
- Explain how such effects might be dealt with.
- State that it is a statutory request.
- State if the employee has made a request previously and if so when.
An employee can only make one request under the statutory regime in any 12-month period.
An employer should:
- Arrange to discuss the request with the employee as soon as possible.
- Inform the employee if there is likely to be delay in processing the request.
- Consider the request carefully, looking at the benefits (for you but potentially also for the business) and weighing these against any adverse business impact of implementing the changes you request
- Allow the employee to discuss a refusal where there is new information or if the employee thinks the request wasn’t handled reasonably.
- Deal with appeals as quickly as possible where they are allowed.
It is common for employers to allow a trial period of a flexible working arrangement. If this happens, you can agree with your employer to extend the time for them to make a final decision on your flexible working beyond three months of your original request.
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Work out what the financial impact will be on your incomings and future pension entitlement, Discuss with your employer your current situation and what options may be available to you, write down what difficulties you are currently facing as a working carer, Have a discussion with your manager or supervisor about flexible working options, Think about what flexible working option would suit your current circumstances.
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