Over a third of working mums says that they had to leave their job due to flexible working being refused, according to a Workingmums.co.uk poll.
The poll showed 34% of mums had been forced to leave their jobs after a request was turned down. Thirty per cent said they had had their flexible work request agreed. Another 19% had had to negotiate a compromise and 17% had been forced to return to their job on their original hours.
The right to request flexible working can be turned down on any of eight grounds, but employers must show they have given it “reasonable” consideration and not just dismissed it out of hand. Since last June, there is no longer a statutory right of appeal, although it is recommended by Acas. There is also no firm deadlines on when an employer must come back on a request. However, the request must be dealt with within a three-month period.
Employees have to show that they have thought through the implications of their request for their employer, for instance, how it will impact on their colleagues.