Law regarding flexible working hours
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14 April 2011
Law regarding flexible working hours.
Under current regulations,
flexible working can be requested by the following groups:
i. Parents of
children aged up to 17
ii. Parents of disabled children aged
iii. Carers of certain adults
This has increased to all parents of
children up to the age of 18 from April 6 2011. it is anticipated that
it will affect further 300,000 employees.
The Government in addition to the above
has also announced plans to carry out a consultation exercise looking
at how to extend the right to request flexible working to all employees.
What does this mean to you
It means an employer
who receives a request for a change in an employee's contractual
working hours has a statutory duty to consider it seriously and can
only say no if there is a clear business reason for doing so. With the
removal of the default retirement age (DRA) coming in to force from
October, employers can probably expect older workers to make use of
both these options to actively plan their retirement.
Current figures estimate that the rules
will apply to some 10.5 million employees, of whom around eight million
Rashidul Islam is a Trainee
Solicitor with Lawdit Solicitors and can be contacted by email
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2011-04-29 21:45:20 in Legal Articles