Changes to Flexible Working 18 July 2010

20 Aug 2010     Last updated: 20 Jun 2014

From 18th July 2010, the right to request flexible working extends to parents of children aged 16 and under.

The right to request flexible working was introduced in 2003 for parents of young and disabled children, and the scope of the law was extended to carers of certain adults in 2007.

From 18th July 2010, the right extends to parents of children aged 16 and under. The right to request flexible working allows eligible employees to ask their employer for a flexible working pattern and places a duty on the employer to consider the requests seriously.

Employees may be eligible if:

  • (before 18th July 2010) they have a child under six;
  • (from 18th July 2010) they have a child aged 16 or under;
  • they have a child under 18 who receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA);
  • they are the spouse, partner or civil partner or near relative of an adult for whom they are providing care, or live at the same address as an adult for whom they provide care.

It is important to bear in mind that, if an employer agrees to an employee’s request, this will result in a permanent change to the employee’s contract of employment. Full guidance on the changes can be found at: http://www.delni.gov.uk/flexible_working_-_a_guide_for_employers_and_employees_er_36.pdf

 Source: ER 36 Flexible Working: A Guide for Employers and Employee DELNI

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