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Can You Help A Friend Or Colleague?

Can You Help A Friend Or Colleague?

As an employed domestic or household staff member, flexible working hours are not really an option. However, It is possible that this is a preferred option for a friend or colleague whose work situation differs from yours.

Not everyone has the automatic right to ask for flexible working hours, so it may be very helpful to give this information to someone considering it.

They might want to:

  • reduce their hours to work part-time
  • change their start and finish time
  • have flexibility with their start and finish time (sometimes known as ‘flexitime’)
  • work their hours over fewer days (‘compressed hours’)
  • Share the job with someone else.

They can ask for the change to be for:

  • all working days
  • specific days or shifts only
  • specific weeks only, for example during school term time
  • a limited time, for example for 6 months only.

So who can ask these questions?

By law, employees have the right to make a flexible working request if:

  • They have worked for their employer for at least 26 weeks
  • They are legally classed as an employee
  • They have not made any other flexible working request in the last 12 months

If you have the right to request, your employer must:

  • Look at your request fairly,
  • Make a decision within a maximum of 3 months.

We hope this will be helpful for someone you know

The Graham Agency, working with you.

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