How Will Flexible Working For All Really Affect Parents?

by Alison Coldridge |

The government’s new flexible working rights means everyone can now ask to work flexible hours. Could this make it easier on parents who ask for flexible hours?

Up until now, only people who looked after children or others were able to ask for flexible working hours – possibly leaving other employees envious of their early finishing times and days off. 

But the government has now changed the law to allow every employee this right.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has said that every employee, who’s worked at their company for over six months, can expect their flexible working hours request to be considered by their employer ‘in a reasonable manner’.

‘Modern businesses know that flexible working boosts productivity and staff morale, and helps them keep their top talent so that they can grow,’ says deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

‘It's about time we brought working practices bang up-to-date with the needs, and choices, of our modern families.’

If you’ve set up a new flexible working agreement with your employee and are working from home for part of the week, have a read of our tips on working from home successfully – without the procrastination and distractions.

Do you think that every employee should be allowed flexible hours? Let us know in the comments box below.

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