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Of course, employers can still refuse to grant requests for flexible working. ‘But they should give genuine business reasons for why your request wouldn’t work, for example, if it meant the company wouldn’t be able to meet the demands of its clients, or it would be too expensive to employ someone to fill the gaps,’ says Alex Christen, employment lawyer at Capital Law. She advises giving the employer as much information as possible to make your request compelling. ‘Think of how your request will work for your employer and suggest ways potential issues for the business could be addressed.’