DO I HAVE TO GRANT AN EMPLOYEE THEIR FLEXIBLE WORKING REQUEST? Employees do have the right to submit flexible working requests however it is not an automatic right to have the request granted. You can only reject the flexible working request for valid business reasons including: • Burden of additional costs • Inability to recruit additional staff • Detrimental impact on quality and performance
As an employer you need to consider each request separately, fully and fairly using the correct procedure.
You also can’t refuse a request because you don’t want to set a precedent and grant requests from everyone who asks.
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