The arguments for extending the right to request flexible working to parents of all children under age 18

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

On 30 September, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced the Government’s plans to develop flexible, family-friendly workplaces, including:

  • the extension of flexible working (i.e. the right to request a contractual change to working hours, times of work and place of work) to parents of children under age 18, from April 2011, and
  • a consultation later this year with proposals to extend flexible working to all employees and introduce a new system of flexible parental leave.

Currently, the only parents excluded from the flexible working entitlements are those with children who are age 17 and not disabled.  BIS has now published an impact assessment for this initial extension of the entitlements to these parents.

The document explains the situation that is to be addressed and the rationale for the change, the number of parents who are likely to benefit, the benefits for employers and the potential costs for employers.

Further information:

Impact Assessment: Extending the Right to Request Flexible Working to Parents of Children Aged 17

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