flexible working
1) Any method of working which deviates from the standard work pattern, including for example, annualised hours (see annualised hours contract), compressed hours, flexitime, home working, job-sharing, self-roistering, shift working, staggered hours, part-time working and term-time working. The Employment Act 2002 introduced a right to request flexible working, enabling employees with children under six or disabled children under 18 to request changes to the hours they work, the times when they are required to work and to work from home. From 6 April 2007 this right extends to any employee who is a carer for their spouse, partner or civil partner, a relative or a person who lives with them. The person the employee proposes to care for must be aged 18 or over and be in need of care.
2) Any method of working which does not follow a standard work pattern. This includes: flexitime, home working, job-sharing, shift working, part-time working and term-time working.
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