Many employers have already adopted flexible working arrangements because they make good business sense. They can help:
- retain skilled staff and reduce recruitment costs
- raise staff morale and decrease absenteeism
- meet labour market changes more effectively.
For employees, the opportunity to work flexibly can help them strike a better balance between their paid work and other responsibilities.
Rights and responsibilities
|If you are an employee you:
||If you are an employer you:
|have a “right to request” flexible working arrangements. You can ask:
- to change your working arrangements – either permanently or for a set time
- anytime, from your first day of work
- for any purpose or reason. For example, caring for children or older parents, playing sport or working in the community
- for flexible working arrangements, but the employer doesn't have to agree with the request if there is a good business reason for declining.
|have a “duty to consider” any requests. You:
- must think carefully about every request and reply in writing as soon as possible, but not later than one month.
Things to consider when working remotely
- don't have to agree to it if there's a good business reason not to, however employees do have a right to ask for flexible working arrangements
- can only say “no” for certain reasons – these reasons need to be stated if the application is declined
Examples of flexible work
Page last revised: 31 July 2020