I have my flexible meeting request tomorrow. I amrreturning to work after my 2nd maternity leave and I worked 4 days a week prior to mat leave.
I am requesting a staggered return as I did last time I returned to work - 6 weeks on 3 days a week, then up to 4 days, but reducing my work week by one hour to 27 hours per week. My workload based on existing and future projects would handle this easily.
I heard yesterday that a member of my team has just left work, effective immediately due to stress. They have been off for about 6 weeks already. The other member of my team left in September and the replacement started in Jan.
So that's the history. What I want to know is: Can my company refuse my flexible working request due to temporary staff shortage. My colleague will be replaced, but recruitment takes time. I suspect my boss is looking to change my project responsibilities as well, but only because this person has left.
Yes they can refuse your request to change/reduce hours or do a phased return if it's detrimental to the service/business etc. The only obligation they have to you is to consider your request and give a valid reason as to why its not been accepted.