The right to request flexible working has been a fact of employment law for over 2 years now. According to a recent survey conducted by the CBI, 90% of all requests are accepted by employers. However, it also revealed that over 60% of respondents believed that dealing with requests took up a significant amount of management time.
Flexible working is seen as the way to achieve the fabled work/life balance, allowing employers to boost retention rates, whilst lowering absenteeism and helping them to attract likeminded customers and potential employees.
While the current legislation is only applicable to working parents with children under 6 or disabled children under 18, last week the Government published draft regulations that will extend the right to include people with care responsibilities for elderly or sick adults.
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