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Shared parental leave and extension to flexible working

Posted: 19th March 2013   In: Business Employment

The Government has published more information about its plans for shared parental leave and extending the right to flexible working.

It says that under the new system:

The Government also wants to extend the right to request flexible working to all employees – not just parents and carers. Under the reforms, the current statutory procedure for considering requests will be removed. Instead, employers will be required to consider all requests in a reasonable manner.

Business Minister Jo Swinson said: “Employers will soon get used to more men taking time off after their child is born and more mothers returning to work earlier, shattering the perception that it is mainly a woman’s role to stay at home and look after the child.

“These measures will really help our aim of ensuring more businesses are making best use of women’s talents throughout the organisation, from the boardroom to the shop floor.”

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