Can an employee returning from maternity leave request to work closer to home?

Posted in : Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 1 February 2019
Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors
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Q: Can an employee returning from a 12-month maternity leave request a site of work closer to home on the basis that she has childcare responsibilities and does not want to travel far and perhaps is still breastfeeding?”

Hannah: Yes, she can make the request, but it’s a flexible working request that she’ll be making there in respect of the site change. For childcare responsibilities and not wanting to travel far. That’s made in the usual way. The employee can make one per year, make the request in writing. That could be any form of writing—email or letter, whatever way they want to put it out, detail what their request is, specifically, how they think it could be accommodated.


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This article is correct at 01/02/2019

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Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors

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