Extending flexible working to parents of children under age 18Friday, December 31st, 2010
On 30 September 2010, 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 all parents of children under age 18, whether or not disabled, from April 2011.
Currently, the only parents excluded from the flexible working entitlements are those with children who are age 17 and not disabled. The necessary amendment Regulations were made on 14 December 2010 and the change comes into effect from 6 April 2011.