I was wondering if anyone can help me to fill out a flexible working request.
On the form it says I need to write what affect this will have on the company and colleagues. I am applying to go from full time to 3 days a week.
I also wondered if this request shouldn't be a reasonable adjustments request instead. My boss have already made it clear to me that the business can't accommodate part time working, but it's due to my disability that I would like to request to work 3 days a week.
Not sure where I stand with this, I already have a employment tribunal claim against my work and they have admitted all their failures but is now sending me to a specialist because they say autism doesn't fall under the equality act.
I really want to work and I am worried I will never find another job.
Hope someone can help me with this flexible working request.
I don't think going from 5 to 3 days could be classed as a reasonable adjustment, it's a 40% reduction in work time rather than a relatively minor change to help accommodate specific needs.
You need to look at what parts of your job will need to be done by other people, either specific daily tasks or general work that would need to be done by others due to the reduction in your working time.
In terms of your employer considering the application that's as far as they are required to go. They have to consider your application, they don't have to agree to it and if they have a valid business reason, which can be as much as it would mean the team would have to take on two days additional work ans they don't think they can cope with that then they are within their rights to deny the request.
I would say it may also be looking at reasonable adjustments which allow you to continue to fulfil the current full time role as they are obliged to implement these if they are reasonable (although reasonable is an area for discussion) where as they have no requirement to let you work part time. For clarity changing from 5 to 3 days would not be classed as a reasonable adjustment under any circumstances, that's a huge change to job role and far from minor.
MattBucks said:I don't think going from 5 to 3 days could be classed as a reasonable adjustment
I do not agree that going from 5 to 3 days could not be classed as a reasonable adjustment.
I think it is completely opposite.
It is perfectly reasonable adjustment.
The employer can hire someone else part-time for those two days a week.
As an employer if I've employed someone to do a job I expect them to do that job, within the realms of reasonable adjustment. I do not expect to to pay someone a full time wage to work part time whilst having having to also employ someone else to do the rest of the work I employed the first person to do.
Having two part timers is not ideal, especially when you wanted one full timer.. Two part timers are also generally less productive than one full timer. I'm all for reasonable adjustments, people working from home, but someone expecting to be paid a full time salary for being a part timer is not a reasonable adjustment and reducing their hours by 40% is not a reasonable adjustment, it's a total redefinition of a job role.
not sure where I mentioned that I expect to be paid for full time when I want to reduce the days I work to 3 days instead of 5.
i fully expect to only be paid for the hours/days I work.
Hi, sorry, I didn't mean to imply in your specific circumstances, I apologise if any offence was caused.
In the past I've had people ask for reasonable adjustments that were frankly unreasonable, eg a day off a week, or three half days a week with no reduction in pay. I've also had people with genuine issues (a lady who needed weekly physio which was close to her house, so we let her work from home and fit it around the physio on that day (2.5 hours work in the morning, the same in the afternoon with the physio in the middle). I'm in favour of reasonable adjustments, I think there are also a lot of people who try and take liberties.