An employee with a disabled child has submitted a request for flexible working. Can the employer refuse this application?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 5 September 2017
The Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (“1996 Order”) establishes a statutory right for all employees who have been employed for a continuous period of 26 weeks to request flexible working hours. An employee may only make a single request in every 12 month period. Importantly, this is only a ‘right to request’; not a right to be granted flexible working hours.
This right was first recognised in relation to parents of child under 17, parents of disabled child under 18 or to those caring for an adult. It was only from 5 April 2015 that the right was extended to all employees who
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