Effective from August 2017
Approved by: Chief Executive Officer
At a Glance
Five Good Friends values all our employees and aim to support a positive work-life balance.
This policy relates to all eligible Five Good Friends employees.
To provide a clear approach to the use of flexible work arrangements to support employee health and well-being and Five Good Friends operational requirements.
- Flexible working arrangement – a formal written agreement between Five Good Friends and an employee relating to working arrangements, e.g. – hours, patterns of, or location of work.
- An eligible employee (see below) may request that Five Good Friends agree to flexible work arrangements because they are in one or more of the following circumstances:
- they are a parent
- they are responsible for the care of a child who is of school age or younger
- they have a disability
- they are 55 years or older
- they are experiencing family violence
- they are a carer
- they are providing care or support to a member of their immediate family or household.
- The changes in working arrangements must relate to changes that would assist an employee to care for that person
- Flexible work arrangements include arrangements in relation to:
- patterns of work hours, e.g. - working part-time
- number of work hours, e.g. - flexible start and finish times
- staggered return to work after parental leave, e.g. - returning part-time and building up to full-time
- unpaid leave arrangements
- scheduling of staff meetings
- limitations on work travel
- working from home
- job-sharing, and
- purchasing leave.
- Changing work arrangements may be for fixed or indefinite period of time.
- To be an ‘eligible employee’, i.e. - able to make a request for flexible work arrangements, an employee must:
- have been employed for at least 12 months − if the employee is a casual employee
- the employee must be employed on a regular and systematic basis with an expectation of ongoing work
- make a request in writing to the Company in which the employee:
- sets out the proposed change, and
- sets out the reasons for the proposed change.