Over the last two years, workers have learned the value of flexible work. Most organisations understand that hybrid workplaces are here to stay, that the ability to attract and retain staff is through offering a flexible workplace.
CoM recently released ‘Flexible Work Principles’ which it says will guide decision making about flexible work and work from home. It’s important to also understand that the CoM also has legal obligations that it must follow in the consideration of requests for flexible work.
Workers with caring responsibilities or who fit certain other criteria have a right to apply for flexible working arrangements and these need to be considered on their merits. You can find more information about your rights from the Fair Work Commission here: https://www.fairwork.gov.au/employment-conditions/flexibility-in-the-workplace/flexible-working-arrangements
An organisation denying a flexible work arrangement has to justify why, on reasonable business grounds, an application is being denied.
The ASU is committed to supporting members who may have been unfairly rejected for a flexible working arrangement. If you would like assistance with an application please contact the ASU member contact centre on 1300 855 570.
Talk to a colleague about the importance of union membership and ask them to join the ASU today via https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin