I am currently on maternity leave and starting to think about returning to work full time. However I will be putting a request in to work flexible hours. I want to work 2 days from home and also work 8-4 instead of 9-5 on the other 3 days I'm at work .
I also want to change roles.
My question is, if they allow me to change roles, do I still have the right to out forward a request for flexible hours and so they do have to consider my flexible hours request by law? Or does it count as a new job and therefore Haven't met the 28 weeks working full time requirement ?
I think in both cases (change of role and flexible working hours) you have the right to request both but don't not have the right to the change. What I mean is you can ask for what you like but they can turn you down if they have a business case to justify doing so.
It is difficult to advise on this without knowing the circumstances - often if you are wanting to change role you need to be in a position where a role is available and I would have thought your employer could ask you to interview for a new role.
I think the first step would be to have an informal chat to your boss/manage if you have a good relationship with them and sound it out.
You do have a legal right to request flexible working. ACAS only says you need 26 weeks of continuous employment, which it sounds like you meet - it doesn't state that it needs to be in the same position: www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1616
You could always call them for clarification? The above page has a hotline for free, confidential advice.