Flexible Working Policy

You are viewing content for Hong Kong.

What is it?

A Flexible Working Policy sets out your approach to flexible working arrangements and how your employees should make their application for such an arrangement.

Why do you need it?

Where organisations encourage a better work-life balance, flexible working arrangements such as flexible working hours and telecommuting are sometimes permitted. For employees with family responsibilities, the employer has legal obligations to consider them and must accommodate certain requests within reasonable means. Failure to do so may amount to direct or indirect discrimination under the anti-discrimination ordinances in Hong Kong, including the Family Status Discrimination Ordinance (Cap 527) and the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (Cap 480).

This Flexible Working Policy sets out your organisation's approach to flexible working and explains how the employee can apply for a flexible working arrangement. The policy should be used in conjunction with the Flexible Working Request.

Key clauses to watch for:

When drafting a Flexible Working Policy, it is important to focus on a number of key clauses, in particular:

  • Details about your company;
  • Types of flexible working;
  • Who is eligible to make a flexible working request;
  • Reasons for refusing a request;
  • Formal appeal procedure for a refused request; and
  • Effect of a successful request on the contract of employment.

Flexible Working Policy Document

Ready to get started?

Related Documents (1)
Read More