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  • Frequently Asked Employment Questions - As a small employer how should we reject a flexible working request?
    The Employment Rights Act 1996 states the ways a flexible working request can be rejected. For a smaller business some options are better than others; the best ones to use are the burden of additional costs and recruitment/staffing issues. This is because the most likely scenario to cause you problems is when an employee wants to go part-time and suggests that you employ a job-sharer or create a new part-time position. If so, focus on the higher costs that having two employees instead of one will introduce,...
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  • Frequently Asked Employment Questions - Is it true that flexible working is now open to all?
    Yes. Provided the employee has 26 weeks' continuous service they can now apply for flexible working regardless of their reason for wanting it. There is a duty on employers to deal with requests reasonably, and there is a statutory code of practice giving practical guidance. Tip. Your staff only have the right to request (not have) flexible working and you are still able to refuse it.
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