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Is it legal for a company to deny a flexible working request when others in the company are already doing what the employee requested?
Just looking for a little bit of advice please. Flexible working at work - I work for a law firm. I put in an official request at work for a change in my working day (flexible working request) this was turned down on the basis that they ‘didn’t want to set a precedent’ for others to follow, as they wouldn’t be able to manage that across the business. This was a few months ago. They did offer an earlier leaving time (by 30 minutes) but said they cannot allow me to leave earlier than that. I know of 3 people (all 3 of which work directly for the partners, who came to the decision I couldn’t get my hours approved) in the business who leave earlier than this already. I didn’t go back and argue this case, but did express disappointment at this to the office manager. It has now come to my attention that someone else has requested a very similar request to mine, which has been allowed on a trial basis. I’ve also read on ACAS that there needs to be a reason for not allowing the flexible working request, and I can’t see the reason they gave, in the handbook on ACAS. I work for a law firm, so I know they will already have things in place to make sure they’re correct, but I just wanted some outside advice to see if what has happened is ok?

Anonymous

24th April 2022

Top Answer
NQ law student. I have been through this process before. There is a good guideline by the government, also they do have to give acceptable reasons. If 3 other people already benefit from flexible hours then they definitely have to provide valid reasons to reject it and an appeal process. While certain job roles cannot be flexible due to shift patterns like in military, healthcare, emergency services, I'm not sure why they wouldn't be open for discussion if it's an office based job. https:// www.gov.uk/ flexible-working

Ron Rast

24th April 2022

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