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FLEXIBLE WORKING

The Government is committed to helping working parents. From 6 April 2003, parents of children aged under six or of disabled children aged under 18 will have the right to apply to work flexibly. Employers will have a statutory duty to consider their applications seriously.

At the same time, the Government will be increasing and extending maternity leave and pay and introducing new rights to paid adoption and paternity leave. These new rights, together with existing rights to parental leave and time off for dependants, will provide parents with more opportunities than ever before to balance work and family life, whilst being compatible with, and beneficial to, business efficiency.

Eligibility

In order to make a request under the new right an individual will: be an employee have a child under six, or under 18 in the case of a disabled child have worked with their employer continuously for 26 weeks at the date the application is made make the application no later than two weeks before the child's sixth birthday or 18th birthday in the case of a disabled child have or expect to have responsibility for the child's upbringing be making the application to enable them to care for the child not be an agency worker not be a member of the armed forces not have made another application to work flexibly under the right during the past 12 months.

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Our Offices:

Leeds: Phoenix House, 3 South Parade, Leeds, LS1 5QX

Harrogate: 41 East Parade, Harrogate, HG1 5LQ

York: 1 Peckitt Street, Clifford's Tower, York, YO1 9SF

Leeds: 0113 2431714

Harrogate: 01423 704070

York: 01904 642727


Email: mail@richardsonlaw.co.uk


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