What does 'flexible working' mean?

The concept of flexible working is very wide, and you could ask for a variety of different work patterns or arrangements under these new rights. These could include, for example:

  • working from home;
  • job-sharing;
  • teleworking;
  • term-time working;
  • compressed hours;
  • flexitime;
  • staggered hours;
  • annualised hours; and
  • self-rostering.

Remember that under the statutory flexible working regime, any request you make will be treated as a request to make a permanent change to your contract terms. If this is not what you intend, you must spell out your position clearly and in writing.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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