Flexible working rights
With everyone seeking a work/life balance, the government originally introduced the right to apply for flexible working in April 2003 to parents of children under the age of five. This right was extended over time and the current position is that in addition to parents with young children, employees are now entitled to seek the right to work on a flexible basis where they have disabled dependents under the age of 17 or 18, and also if the employee has caring responsibilities for a partner, or family member.
You will have to follow a specific procedure should you seek to work on a flexible basis, and your employer will be obliged to consider your request in accordance with statutory timescales. We will advise you on your rights and guide you through the procedures in applying for flexible working hours, from assisting you in completing the written application, right through to conclusion.