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Can I return to work flexibly after adoption leave?

Many new parents would like to return to work on a part-time basis and some good employers are happy to negotiate such new terms with their employees, but there is no specific right for new parents returning to work after a period of leave to work flexibly on demand.

However, employees who have children under 17, or disabled children under 18, have the right to request to work flexibly including part-time, and to have that request considered seriously by their employer.

This is an important right, and if you have a trade union at your workplace, they may well have negotiated a version of this right that is superior to the statutory minimum. You should check your contract or your staff handbook, talk to any trade union representatives and (where appropriate) your Personnel Department to ensure that you get access to all that your employer offers in this area.