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Changes to hours of work

If your Manager requests changes to your hours or days of work
It can be difficult to make changes to your roster when you are a parent. If your manager requests a change to your days or hours of work, you’ll need to think about what the change will mean for your child care commitments. 
Take the time to consider the request and see if changes can be made to your child care arrangements. If you find that it isn’t possible to make the change, explain to your manager the reason why (for example, you have spoken to the Director of the child care centre, and unfortunately there is no vacancy for the day the manager has requested you work).
If the manager requests a change to your hours of work that doesn’t have a negative impact on your personal, family or financial circumstances, the change is generally considered reasonable and you will be expected to make the change.
The above is general information. For individual advice about your specific circumstances, contact the FSU on 
1300 366 378.
If you need to request changes to your hours or days of work
The right to request flexible working arrangements is available to a parent with a child of school age or younger.
Examples of flexible working arrangements include changes to:
  • Hours of work (eg starting and finishing times)
  • Patterns of work (eg split shifts or 
  • job sharing)
  • Locations of work (eg different work location or working from home)
  • Mode of employment (eg requesting to work part time)

Put your request in writing, explaining what changes are needed and the reasons for the request. Get advice from FSU before putting your request in writing.
Requests for flexible working arrangements must be submitted at least 4 weeks before your expected return to work date. The earlier that you put your request in the better, as they can take some time to negotiate. 
Your employer has 21 days to provide you with a written response as to whether your request is granted.
Not all requests are granted, so we strongly recommend that you begin discussions with your manager as early as possible so that you can work through any issues that may arise well ahead of your expected return date.
Here is a sample letter that you can amend and use to request flexible working arrangements: 
Be sure to keep a copy of all correspondence and get any agreed changes to your work arrangements in writing. This should include: 
  • What are the arrangements?
  • How long will these arrangements apply? (i.e - is this forever or can 
  • you return to full time work at an agreed time?)
  • When/how will this be reviewed?
Please contact FSU right away if you need assistance.
Contact Details
FSU Member Rights Centre
Ph: 1300 366 378

Authorised By: Julia Angrisano, National Secretary

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