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Government consults on flexible working

The Government has announced a consultation on its flexible working initiatives. The consultation follows on from the Government's announcement that it would extend the right to request flexible working to parents with children who are 16 and under.

Employment Relations Minister, Pat McFadden, said the consultation would seek views from business and suggest ways to reduce paperwork involved with flexible working requests.

The government will also consider ways to raise awareness of the right to request flexible working among employees and to boost knowledge of the range of free tools available to make dealing with requests quicker and simpler for businesses.

The consultation will also consider whether to scrap the requirement that employers write formally to staff to advise their request has been accepted.

The Government will soon launch an awareness raising campaign to target groups with low knowledge or who are unaware of their right to request flexible working, like fathers and carers, in addition to raising awareness for businesses about how to make dealing with requests simpler.

The consultation will involve all interested stakeholders, including employer and employee representatives, parents, unions, business and family organisations.

Responding today to the Government’s announcement of a consultation into flexible working, Working Families’ Chief Executive Sarah Jackson said:-

“A request to work flexibly brings with it an opportunity for the employer to take a fresh look at how they deliver their goods or services.  It can raise questions about how a team might work more effectively or efficiently – which could be especially useful in the current climate.  So I very much welcome the consultation’s focus on raising awareness among employers about flexible working and the many sources of support already available to them.”

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Useful links:-

1. Access the consultation document at http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file47434.pdf
2. Access the Walsh Review of the Right to Request Flexible Working at http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file46092.pdf
3. Access forms to make flexible working requests simpler and easier here:
http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/layer?topicId=1074468912&r.li= 1080758156&r.l1=1073858787

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