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flexible working for parents and carers

If you have caring responsibilities you may have a right to request flexible working arrangements. Find out more about what this means in practice.

  • 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...
  • How soon does my employer have to consider 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...
  • Can my employer extend time limits for giving notice and attending meetings in a flexible working application?  more...
  • What should I do if my chosen companion 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  • When can my employer treat my flexible working application as withdrawn?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 a relative/friend, do I have any rights to work flexibly?  more...

further information

flexible working: Know your rights leaflet

workSMART Know Your Rights

Download our Know Your Rights leaflet on flexible working for parents as a pdf file

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