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Flexible Working arrangementsAugust 1, 2017
As personal circumstances change, some employees may request a flexible working arrangement under the Fair Work Act. Those requesting this type of arrangement can do so for a number of reasons, such as to alter hours of work, patterns of work, and location of work. However, a refusal from an employer must be on reasonable business grounds.
Employees with twelve months’ service with the same employer can submit a request. However, these employees will also need to be:
When requesting a flexible working arrangement employees will need to make their request in writing, clearly outline the changes that are to happen, and the reasons for the request. Once an employer receives the request a written decline or approval must be provided within 21 days. Importantly, a refusal can only be provided on reasonable business grounds.
Examples of reasonable business grounds, on which a request can be refused, can include:
Employers receiving requests and providing a response can find it difficult to navigate the complexities of the formal process. For advice contact Employsure on 1300 651 415.