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Flexible working arrangements.

What are flexible working arrangements?

Flexible working arrangements, when well set up, can benefit you and your employees. Your business is more likely to hold on to employees, see better productivity and job satisfaction, and reduce absenteeism. Your employees can potentially find a better balance between work and their personal lives.

Whether it is part-time work, flexi-time, job sharing, working from home or staggered hours, they are all types of flexible working.

Who can ask for flexible working?

Some employees have a statutory right to ask:

  • a parent or someone responsible for a child of school age
  • a carer
  • worker with a disability
  • worker who is 55 or older
  • an employee experiencing violence from a member of their family, or supporting someone in their family or household who is experiencing violence in their family

How to respond.

Employees that fall into one of the above categories and have worked for the employer for 12 months (and long term casuals who have worked for 12 months and have a reasonable expectation of ongoing employment on a regular and systematic basis) can ask for flexible working.

Even if an employee does not have a statutory right to request flexible work, it is still best practice to consider their needs and respond quickly.

Employsure can provide templates for applications for flexible working and help you with a response. For peace of mind, please call our 24 hour Advice Line now on 1300 651 415.

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