Work and Family Life
Maintaining a work-life balance is not always easy and may require, in certain instances, a flexible approach from an employer to accommodate caring responsibilities and a disability.
Flexible working can mean the following:
- Part-time or term-time work
- Compressed hours – where an employee works the total number of contractual hours over a shorter period
- Flexitime – where an employee works certain agreed core times but is otherwise free to organise their working hours outside of these times
- Home working for part or all of the time
- Job sharing
A right to flexible working hours can be requested if they satisfy the following:
- They are an employee
- They have worked for the employer for 26 weeks
- They have not made a request in the past 12 months
- They are not in one of the groups of employees who are not entitled to ask for flexible working – for example, an agency worker
An employer must ensure that they respond to the request in a reasonable manner and on certain prescribed grounds. They must also give the employee the right of appeal.