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Government extends flexible working rights

Government extends flexible working rights

The government has altered the law to extend flexible working rights to more people as of next year.

Under new legislation that will be implemented on April 6th 2011, parents of all children under the age of 18 will be eligible to apply to operate flexibly, meaning that the current rules allowing mothers and fathers with offspring aged 17 and under to be allowed the right to access flexible working will be updated.

Presently, parents of disabled children under the age of 18 and carers of adults are allowed to apply for this right, but the new law will provide many more people with this opportunity.

Speaking to Personnel Today about the decision, Bar Humberman of XpertHR, called on employers to make sure they "amend policies and procedures that relate to the right to request flexible working" prior to April 6th 2011.

He added that other internal rules - such as those on maternity leave - may also need to be updated.

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Posted by Richard Saunders