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Flexible working – your rights

22 October 2012 No Comment

If you want to start a business gradually, keeping your paid job on and fitting in the start up on evenings and weekends, you are entitled to ask to work flexibly. Find out more about who can ask, and how this can help you start a business.

You have the right to ask for flexible work if you have a child under 18. Your boss has to consider your request and can’t refuse outright.  She has to base a refusal on one of the following grounds:

  • Burden of additional costs
  • Detrimental effect on ability to meet customer demands
  • Inability to reorganise work among existing staff
  • Detrimental impact on quality
  • Detrimental impact on performance
  • Insufficiency of work during the periods the employee proposes to work
  • Planned structural changes

Working flexibly can help you as you start a business. Cut down to four days a week, or work longer some days and leave early on others, and put the extra time into your new business.

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