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flexible working

On 30 June 2014, there was a major change to the rules on flexible working. Since that date, all employees with at least 26 weeksí service have the right to request flexible working. Up until 30 June 2014, the right to request flexible working was restricted to parents and carers.

Find out more about what the right to request flexible working means in practice and how the changes to the flexible working rules might affect you.

  • I've got a young family and would like to change my work patterns. What are my rights?  more...
  • Do I qualify for the right to have my flexible working request considered?  more...
  • What does 'flexible working' mean?  more...
  • How should I go about making a request for flexible working?  more...
  • What happens if my employer grants my request for flexible working?  more...
  • What should my employer do when they get my flexible working request?  more...
  • Can I have someone with me when I discuss flexible working with my employer?  more...
  • Under what circumstances can my employer refuse my request for flexible working?  more...
  • My request for flexible working is going nowhere. Can I complain?  more...
  • What happens to my pay and benefits if I change my hours to work flexibly?  more...
  • What happens if my employer starts treating me badly or sacks me for asking for flexible working?  more...
  • My flexible working appeal has been turned down. Is there anything else I can do?  more...
  • What should I do if I can't attend a flexible working meeting on the employer's suggested date?  more...
  • When can my employer treat my flexible working application as withdrawn?  more...
  • Iím currently caring for my husband, who lives with me. Do I have any rights to work flexibly?  more...
  • Iíve got no children but my long commute means I would like to work from home a couple of days a week. How does the law help me?  more...

further information

For the law that applies to all requests made before 30 June 2014, see the free TUC guide, Time off and Flexible Working for Carers, published in December 2013.

For more information, and to keep up to date with the changes to the law, see the Parents and Carers section of the TUC website and the website of the charity Working Families.