Oxford Brookes is committed to promoting and practising equal opportunities in employment. This includes giving employees, wherever practicable, the opportunity to work more flexibly. The University supports a variety of forms of flexible working including part-time or part-year working, job sharing, compressed hours and flexi-time. Although there is no automatic right for employees to work flexibly the University is keen to ensure that all requests are considered fairly and all options are explored fully before any decisions are made.
The purpose of this guidance is to assist mangers in their decision making when considering a request from an employee to change their hours or pattern of work. It should be read before the meeting to consider a request to change hours or pattern of work takes place or form B (the official response to an application) is completed, and in conjunction with the University’s policy on the Right to Request a Change in Hours or Working Patterns.
This guidance reflects the legislative framework as laid out in the Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform guide for employers and employees ‘Flexible Working – The right to request and the duty to consider’.