Leave for Flexible working hearings

Parents of children under the age of seventeen (or disabled children under the age of eighteen) and carers of adults have the right to apply to their employer to work more flexibly.

The employer has a statutory duty to consider the request seriously and to refuse it only if there are clear business grounds for doing so.

If the employer and employee meet to discuss the request at a flexible working hearing then the employee can be accompanied by a colleague - who has the right to paid time off during working hours to attend.

Last updated: 23 April 2019