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Flexible Working Opening Up to All

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Flexible Working Opening Up to All

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At present only parents with children up to the age of 16, or parents with disabled children up to the age of 18, enjoy this right - provided they have at least 26 weeks of service.

However, responses to a recent 'Modern Workplace' consultation suggest that this should be changed. The Government also cites an 'Employee Worklife Balance Survey' from 2007, which concluded "flexible working creates a productive and motivated workforce, saves employers money from reduced absenteeism and lowers turover costs'.'

The change will remove the current statutory procedure for considering requests from employees, instead requiring employers to consider all requests with the same thoroughness. Organisations will still be able to refuse on business grounds, but the Government hopes the level playing field will tackle cultural assumptions that flexible working

is only for parents and carers of children. …

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