We are constantly being told that the days of the nine to five are over (presumably by people who do not travel during rush hour). That said, businesses are generally more open to flexible working hours than has been the case historically.

Flexible hours can have clear benefits to employer and employee alike. Employees might find it easier to fit their work around family or other commitments. Employers can benefit from having an office with longer operative hours, which could be particularly useful if they have international clients or suppliers.

All employees have the right to ask for flexible working hours. After 26 weeks of continuous employment at the same company, a “statutory application” for flexible hours can be made. This must be in writing, and a meeting should be set up between employer and employee to discuss the request. The employer must reply within 14 days either accepting the request or providing justification for any rejection. If the application is accepted, the employer must provide the employee with an updated contract.

Peninsula Business Services can provide advice and assistance on any aspect of flexitime applications. Contact us online today, call 0800 0282 420, or use our callback form to arrange for us to get in touch at a time that is convenient for you.