Posted by: the3rdi | March 22, 2011

Vince Cable plans to scrap flexible working regulations

Working Families has responded to today’s announcement that the
government plans to shelve the planned extension of the right to request
flexible working to parents of 17 year olds, which was scheduled to be
introduced in April.

Sarah Jackson, CEO of Working Families said:

“How disappointing that parental rights are downgraded during difficult
economic times – what does this say about family friendly Britain? The
extension of the right to request flexible working this April corrected
an anomaly which affects only a very small number of parents. Parents
already have the right to request for a child under 17, and until their
child is 18 if the child is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance.
Any parent who needs flexible working for a teenager of 17 is likely to
be dealing with a real crisis. Any employer who refuses even to discuss
flexible working in such circumstances is not a good one. Parents in
such circumstances may have to choose between supporting their child and
staying in employment. Fairness for all employees is more important than
ever during a recession: employee commitment and performance is critical
to every business.”

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