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HR Legal Update – BIS publishes an application form for making flexible working requests

The BIS have published Form FW(A): Flexible working application form  which eligible employees can use to make a statutory request to work flexibly. The preamble to the form sets out notes to the employee and the employer. The information for employees advises them to ensure they are eligible to make a request, note that it may take up to 3 months for the employer to consider a request, provide as much information as they can about their desired working pattern and that if the request is granted, this will be a permanent change to their terms and conditions unless otherwise agreed. Employers are reminded that they have a duty to consider applications in a reasonable manner, they have 3 months to decide whether to grant the request (but the time period can be extended by agreement) and they should confirm receipt of the application using the confirmation slip set out within the form. 


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