Flexible working countdown: 7 – What changes to working patterns might an employee request?

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We continue to examine the new rules and important changes to the procedure for dealing with flexible working applications in the run-up to the introduction of new legislation with a look at the types of changes to working patterns that an employee might request.

An employee can make a request to work: shorter hours; a shorter working week; flexitime; staggered or annualised hours; or part time. They can also seek permission to job share, self-roster or work from home. Any change agreed will be a permanent change to the employee’s terms and conditions of employment, unless a trial or temporary period is agreed.

For example, an employee who works 40 hours a week from Monday to Friday could ask to work a shorter working week, eg from Monday to Thursday. The employee may not be able to afford a reduction in his or her pay, so the employee might propose that he or she make up the shortfall in hours between Monday and Thursday.

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