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Flexible working rights extended

Published: Wednesday, 27 August 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Young parents looking to embark on their graduate careers could be interested to hear the government will bestow the right upon them to request family-friendly hours, it has been reported.

Employers will be told they have to make careers easier for the 4.5 million working parents who might want to seek more flexible working practises, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The new rules will extend the right to parents of children up to 16-years of age.

Pat McFadden, the employment minister, told the publication the right to request flexible work has worked well as it gives people the chance to balance work and home lives.

He added: "Parenting requirements don't end as children get older and sometimes they can become more time-consuming. That is why we think the time is right to extend this successful scheme and help parents of older children access the flexibility they need."

The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform already provides online forms to allow employers to deal with flexible work requests quickly and easily.

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