MILLIONS OF PARENTS TO DEMAND MORE FLEXI-WORKING FROM BUSINESS

Businesses need to prepare now for flexible working changes that could see an extra 4.5 million parents asking their bosses for time off. From April 2009 the right to request flexible working is extended to parents with children up to the age of 16 after changes to the Employment Act.
Currently flexible working law allows parents with a child under six, or a disabled child under 18 or ‘carers’ to make a request for flexible working. This places a duty on employers to consider such requests seriously and only reject them for good business reasons. The number of requests is set to soar with the age limit rising to 16.


Neil Atkinson, director of Deminos said: “There is no legal right to give people the time they ask for but … employers have a duty to consider any applications for flexible working, but they can reject it for sound business reasons. But they can’t just say no this is asking for trouble!