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Legal Update: Flexible Working

The government plans to extend the statutory right to request flexible working to parents of children up to the age of 16.

Currently only parents of children under the age of 6 or disabled children under the age of 18 or carers of adults have the right to request flexible working.

The new measures are pencilled in to take effect from April 2009 although there are calls to delay the date until further research has determined the likely impact and cost of the new measures to businesses.

Employers are reminded that employees only have the right to request to work flexibly.

According to government statistics, 90% of all flexible working requests are accepted by employers. Whether this statistic changes when the right to request flexible working is extended to parents of children under 16 remains to be seen. In a recent survey by IOD and Unum, 86% of businesses surveyed said they operated flexible working practices and 93% said they would operate them even if legislation did not require it.

  • If you have any queries about any of the matters raised in this article or any other employment law issue please contact David Greenhalgh at H2O Law LLP on 020 7405 4700.

Whilst H2O Law LLP makes every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information contained in this article the information should not be relied upon as a substitute for formal legal advice. H2O Law LLP, its employees and agents will not be responsible for any loss, howsoever arising, from the use of or reliance upon this information.



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