Advantages to flexible working

Advantages to flexible working

Before you make a request for a flexible working pattern you should think about the impact it will have on you and your employer. Find out about the advantages to the different types of flexible working patterns. Considering flexible working Working flexibly can bring many benefits to your work-life balance. It can increase the time you have to care for a child or other family member and can make managing these responsibilities much easier. There…

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Different types of flexible working

Different types of flexible working

Flexible working does not just mean part-time working. There are several different types of flexible working patterns, such as flexitime, homeworking and compressed hours. If you are thinking about working flexibly, you should consider which pattern would suit your needs before making an application to your employer. Types of flexible working Working flexibly can bring many benefits to your work-life balance. It can increase the time you have to care for a child or other…

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Flexible working: the outcome of your application

Flexible working: the outcome of your application

If you have the right to request flexible working and you have made an application, your employer must consider your application. Find out what business reasons they should think about and the steps they should follow. Considering your application Your employer must consider your request on business grounds. They can only reject your application for one of the following business reasons: burden of additional costs detrimental effect on ability to meet customer demand inability to…

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Part-time work

Part-time work

Working part-time can be a good way of balancing your work and your personal commitments. If you work part-time, you have the right to be treated fairly in comparison to your full-time colleagues. What is a part-time worker? A part-time worker is someone who works fewer hours than a full-time worker.There is no specific number of hours that makes someone full or part-time, but a full-time worker will usually work 35 hours or more a…

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Part-time worker protection

Part-time worker protection

If you are a part-time worker you are protected from being treated less favourably than an equivalent full-time worker just because you are part time. The only exception this is if your employer can objectively justify their treatment of you. Equivalent full-time workers To judge whether you are being treated less favourably than a full-timeworker you should compare yourself to an ‘equivalent’ full-time worker. This is someone doing a similar job on the same type…

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The right to request flexible working

The right to request flexible working

‘Flexible working’ is a method of working that is best suited to an employee’s needs. Examples include: remote working term-time working part-time working flexi-time job-sharing. Flexible working – the employee’s rights and responsibilities Employees must make requests for flexible working: in writing stating their relationship to the child or carer detailing the impact the flexible working arrangement will have on the employer’s business giving a suggested start date. Requests for flexible working also need to…

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Who can request flexible working?

Who can request flexible working?

Flexible working opportunities can benefit everyone – employers, employees and their families. Most employers now recognise that it makes good business sense to provide flexible working opportunities for their staff. Find out if you have the right to request a flexible working pattern. What is it? ‘Flexible working’ is a phrase that describes any working pattern adapted to suit your needs. Common types of flexible working are: part time: working less than the normal hours,…

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Working from home

Working from home

Homeworkers have their jobs (usually practical work) based in their home. Teleworkers also do their normal (but usually office-based) work from home. Both kinds of homeworking have potential drawbacks and advantages. Your employment rights will depend on whether you are a worker, an employee or if you are self-employed. Homeworking A homeworker is anyone who only works from home. Many homeworkers in the UK are employed in manufacturing, making a wide range of items from…

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