A Flexible Working Request is a form used by employees to request flexible working arrangements. It records the details of the requested flexible working as well as the reasons for the request.
Where organisations encourage a better work-life balance, flexible working arrangements such as flexible work hours and telecommuting are sometimes allowed. For employees with family responsibilities, the employer has legal obligations to consider and accommodate their employees' requests within reasonable means. Failure to do so may amount to direct or indirect discrimination under the various anti-discrimination ordinances in Hong Kong, including the Family Status Discrimination Ordinance (Cap 527) and Sex Discrimination Ordinance (Cap 480).
The document, therefore, serves as a tool for employees to make such requests. It may also be used for employees without family responsibilities who want to maintain a better work-life balance.
When drafting a Flexible Working Request, it is important to focus on a number of key clauses, in particular: