The Government has confirmed that it has what it calls “ambitious” plans to extend flexible working rights for working parents.
In the short term, from April 2011, the right to request flexible working will be extended to all parents of children under 18, which will add about 300,000 employees to those already eligible to request flexible working.
However the Government has also launched a consultation to consider extending the right to all employees and launching a new system of flexible parental leave.
Employment Relations Minister Edward Davey said:
Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone added: