Are You Using Flexi-time To Watch The World Cup?


Have you booked time off to watch the world cup? Perhaps you're on flexi-time, and will work around the games? Flexible working, which includes flexi-time, is becoming increasingly common. You have the right to request to work flexibly, although you won't necessarily get it.

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So where do you stand with these kinds of arrangements?

Working Around The World Cup

Work and play don't always have to be at odds with one another. Good employer-employee relations can be had if both sides take a sensible approach to booking leave around events such as the FIFA World Cup.

Some employers have what's called a 'sporting policy'. This may discuss what arrangements can be made for watching matches, increasing workers flexibility and their morale.

Flexible Working – Can You Get It?

The legal 'right to request' to work flexibly is currently limited to employees with caring responsibilities, whether for a child or adult.

If you are to be responsible for the upbringing of a child who's under 16 (or under 18 if they're disabled), you have the right to request. Those who are responsible for the care of an adult also have the right to request.

To make a request to work flexibly, you must be employed. Agency workers, locums etc. are not eligible to apply. You must have worked continuously for 26 weeks at the time of the application; and not have made another formal application to work flexibly during the previous year.

But What if this Doesn't Apply To Me?

There is a major change in the law coming to the Flexible Working Regulations, which will open up the right to request to any employee regardless of whether they have specific caring responsibilities or not.

Your employer will have a duty to genuinely consider all requests. However, it is important to note that they will be able to refuse requests on business grounds. As described on, an employer can refuse a request on the basis that:
  • Extra costs, which will damage the business
  • The business won’t be able to meet customer demand
  • The work can’t be reorganised among other staff
  • People can’t be recruited to do the work
  • Flexible working will have an effect on quality and performance
  • There’s a lack of work to do during the proposed working times
  • The business is planning changes to the workforce
You may be having trouble with a flexible working application, perhaps it's turned into a dispute between you and your employer.

For issues like this you may feel you require the services of a solicitor, but don't want to be left with a big legal bill for an issue of this kind. This is why we have introduced a fixed fee telephone advice service.

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