Flexible Working Arrangements

Flexibility is becoming a hot topic for employers across the globe. Many businesses are examining how they can have a more flexible workplace that is responsive to the needs of employees.

A flexible working arrangement is an agreement between an employer and an employee to change the standard working arrangement to better fit an employee’s circumstances outside of work. These can include aspects such as flexibility in the hours of work, location of work and so on.

Under the Fair Work Act, there are instances where requesting a flexible working arrangement is an entitlement for certain employees. If an employee has this entitlement, employers must respond to the request in 21 days and can only refuse on reasonable business grounds. Employers can still offer employee’s flexible working arrangements irrespective of it being an entitlement or not. Similarly, any employee can request a flexible working arrangement, however the way in which it is managed will be different as it is not governed by the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

Offering flexible working arrangements is crucial for employers to future-proof their workforce, and it is also an excellent tool for attracting and retaining talent. Employers can phone to advice line on 08 9365 7660 to understand more.

Written By Jenny Thomas – Employee Relations Adviser

CCIWA, Business Law WA and REEFWA has taken all reasonable care in preparing this document. The contents of this document do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Specific advice for your situation should be sought from CCIWA, Business Law WA or a professional adviser before any action is taken. Neither REEFWA, CCIWA nor Business Law WA accept responsibility for any claim that arises from any person acting or refraining from acting on the information contained in this document.

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