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Explanatory Memorandum to Employment (Northern Ireland) Order 2002

Article 15: Flexible working

Article 15 gives parents the right to apply for flexible working.  It lays out:

  • the eligibility criteria which must be met in order for an employee to apply for a flexible working pattern;

  • a clearly defined framework for a procedure to be followed by employees and employers when making and considering requests for flexible working;

  • the employer’s duties in relation to an application under the new provisions;

  • the right for an employee to take their case to an industrial tribunal; and

  • what happens if a tribunal finds that an application has not been dealt with correctly.

The new provisions will be inserted into the Employment Rights (NI) Order 1996.

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