Flexible working includes both flexibility in relation to working hours and the place of work.

This topic considers the merits of flexible working and the statutory obligations placed upon employers to respond to flexible working requests.

Employers' Duties

The provision of modern, flexible working patterns for all NHS staff is a key part of implementing the Improving Working Lives (IWL) standard and achieving the Practice Plus level required of all NHS organisations.

Employers should ensure that their employees are aware of:

  • the right to request flexible working and the qualifying conditions

  • the type of flexible working arrangements for which they can apply

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