Flexible working policy documents and templates

All the following flexible working documents are included in our Human Resources Folder. Click on the links to discover more about each template. 

Flexible working policy
Flexible working forms

Flexible working letters


Flexible working Flexible working

Flexible working is a term used to describe non-standard working practices. This might be an agreement allowing staff to work from home or choose their own working times around a set number of working hours. 

A flexible working covers:
  • Part time working
  • Job-sharing
  • Flexible hours
  • Temporarily reduction of hours
  • Home-working
Allowing flexible working can be used to help employers attract and retain staff, reduce office overheads and work place stress. Flexible working can place additional pressures on employees that are not working flexibly so it’s important to make sure that flexible working has no adverse impact on quality or customer service. 

Flexible working regulations

All employees with more than 26 weeks of service have the statutory right to request flexible working arrangements, if they have not made a previous flexible working request in the past 12 months.
Employers don’t have to agree to flexible working however, employers must consider requests and notify the employee of the decision within three months of the flexible working request being made. Employers may refuse flexible working request on sound business grounds. 

Dealing with flexible working requests

Once it is establish that an employee has made a validly flexible working request, you should evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of granting or refusing there request.
A flexible working policy can be used to set out the rights and responsibilities when it comes to flexible working requests a policy is particularly useful to ensure every request is dealt with fairly. 
Unless you plan to automatically grant a request it’s important to have a meeting with the employee.
We have a comprehensive range of flexible working documents designed to help you deal with flexible working requests. Click on the links below for more information.


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