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Updates on employee rights

09 November 2010

Flexible working

From April 2011 all employees with children under the age of 18 years will have the right to request flexible working. Currently the right applies only to carers of children under 17 years old (or 18 if the child is disabled). Consultation is taking place presently on whether all employees should have the same right, regardless of whether or not they have children. The outcome will be published later this year.


Those who work in large organisations (250+ employees) have the right to request training where this is to improve their effectiveness in the employer’s business and the performance of the employer’s business. It had been intended that from April 2011 all employees would have the right to request training but the government is now reviewing this. They are considering whether the right should be extended or whether it should in fact be scrapped altogether.

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