Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs, eg being able to work part time hours to support child care responsibilities. Anyone can ask to work flexibly however employees who care for someone (eg a child or adult) have the legal right to ask for flexible working – which is known as ‘making a statutory application’. There are different ways of working flexibly. These may include job sharing, working part time or working compressed hours. Each application is different and it is the duty of the employer to give all eligible requests due consideration. Employees can only make a statutory application if they have worked continuously for the same employer for the last 26 weeks and can only make one statutory application each year.