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Stop Press: Flexibility put on hold
Delays to the Children and Families Bill mean that the well trailed plans to introduce the right to request flexible working for all employees on 6 April 2014 have been postponed until sometime later this year.

The House of Commons has agreed a new target date of 21 March 2014 for Royal Assent of the Children and Families Bill, but this means that the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees has been delayed. At present only employees who have more than 26 weeks’ service with children under the age of 17 (18 if the child is disabled) or who are carers have the right to request a flexible pattern of work.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has said that it will no longer be possible to implement the extension on 6 April. It said that the Government will look to implement the extension at “an appropriate date as soon as possible this year”.

When the new implementation date is confirmed, we will publicise the information on the Cherington HR website. [Note: It has since been announced as coming into effect on 30th June 3014.]
Posted on 19 Nov 2016

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