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Can I work flexible hours when I return from maternity leave?

Many new mothers 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 not an automatic right to reduce hours, work part-time or flexibly.

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

You should check your contract or your staff handbook, talk to your trade union representatives and (where appropriate) your Human Resources Department to ensure that you get access to all that your employer offers in this area.