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I am a working parent. Right now my work pattern collides

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I am a working parent. Right now my work pattern collides with my responsibility to look after my child when she is not at school. I was advised to request from my employer the Flexible Working Hours. I was also told that that will cause a permanent change to my contract Terms and Conditions. I was advised that employer cannot force the employee to work Sundays if that was not previously agreed and stated in writing in the Employment Contract. My questions are:
Is there a law act that regulate working on Sundays which will clear shows that an employee cannot be forced to work Sundays and also can employer change (reduce) my salary and/or position at work if I request the Flexible Working Hours?

Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and I will be assisting you with your question today.

How long have you worked there for?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hello, It will be 2 years in November.

Hi there and thank you for your response; please leave it with me. I am in court for the remainder of today so will prepare my advice in a while and get back to you at the earliest opportunity. There is no need to wait here as you will receive an email when I have responded. Thank you.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** await your response.

No problem at all. I will get back to you at the earliest opportunity. Many thanks

Many thanks for your patience. The prohibitions on requiring employees to work on Sundays only applies to shop workers. So you will only be protected if you are working in a shop. What the law says is that whilst the employer can ask you to work on a Sunday, you have the right to opt out of that by giving them notice advising them you do not wish to do so and once that notice is given, you should not be asked to work Sundays after 3 months have elapsed.

In terms of flexible working, you would be making an application asking the employer for specific changes. So you are not just asking for flexible working without nominating what changes you are actually after and leaving the decision squarely with the employer. So it is not a question of applying for flexible hours and then be given changes that the employer thinks are required, when you in fact did not want these. You will be asking for the changes you are after and the employer would either accept these, or reject them and leave your terms as they are now, or make new suggestions. They should not just force changes on you which you have not asked for or which you do not want.

If you do come to an agreement on what changes you want then your pay can be reduced accordingly, for example if you are going from 5 days to 3 days then your pay can be reduced to reflect the fewer days you are working. The same applies if you are going to have to be placed into a different position to be able to accommodate these changes. But remember that they should only be made if you have asked for them and are happy to accept them, this is not a situation where the employer just makes the changes without consulting with you.

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