Extended Flexible Working Rights

Government proposals announced yesterday by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, are aimed at allowing fathers to play a greater role in raising their child, helping mothers to return to work at a time that is right for them, and creating more flexible workplaces to boost the economy.

Currently only parents and carers have the right to ask to work more flexibly which may mean asking to work from home, working on a reduced or part time basis, or taking advantage of flexitime arrangements.  This will now extend to all employees.  In addition, the proposals also allow mothers and fathers to share maternity and paternity leave just a fortnight after the birth of the child.

This new package of employment rights aims to make flexible working the norm. Mr Clegg stated yesterday “Giving everyone this new right will help drive a culture shift in the workplace. And it will be possible for other relatives, grandparents and even close family friends to change the way they work in order to help with child care.”

But the CBI has also announced that flexible working is not practical for all firms and can still refuse such requests if their is a ‘business’ reason.

Will the new proposals have an impact on your business?  Need to just understand what it all means on a practical day-to-day basis for your employess and your business?

Give Eagle HR a call today on 01905 744530 for practical help, advice and support.