Government consults on flexible working
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Issued 26 Aug 2008
The Government will explore ways to make dealing with flexible working
requests easier for businesses, as part of a consultation published today
(Tuesday 26th August).
The consultation follows on from the Government's announcement that it would
extend the right to request flexible working to parents with children who are 16
Employment Relations Minister, Pat McFadden, said the consultation would seek
views from business and suggest ways to reduce paperwork involved with flexible
"The right to request flexible working has worked well because it helps
employees to balance their home and work lives, but at the same time gives
employers the right to say no where there are legitimate business concerns.
"Parenting requirements don't end as children get older. We think it is right
to extend this successful scheme and help parents of older children access the
flexibility they need."
The consultation will also consider ways to raise awareness of the right to
request flexible working among employees and to boost knowledge of the range of
free tools available to make dealing with requests quicker and simpler for
BusinessLink.gov.uk has online forms that employers can use to deal with
flexible working requests. It also provides guidance which can help save time,
money and stress and avoid businesses paying for professional external advice.
The consultation will also consider whether to scrap the requirement that
employers write formally to staff to advise their request has been accepted.
The Government will soon launch an awareness raising campaign to target
groups with low knowledge or who are unaware of their right to request flexible
working, like fathers and carers, in addition to raising awareness for
businesses about how to make dealing with requests simpler.
The consultation will involve all interested stakeholders, including employer
and employee representatives, parents, unions, business and family
1. Access the consultation document at http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/f
2. Access the Walsh Review of the Right to Request Flexible Working at
3. Access forms to make flexible working requests simpler and easier here:
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-08-26 17:15:35 in Business Articles