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As previewed in our previous e-briefing here, the Government had planned to introduce the right for all employees to request flexible working from 6th April this year.
The latest news is that this has been delayed, and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has confirmed that it is now looking to implement the changes later this year.
BIS has not yet confirmed that it will also delay the abolition of the statutory procedure for considering requests, but it is assumed that this will also be delayed, and enacted at the same time.
Under current regulations only employees with children under the age of 17 (or 18 if the child is disabled), or who are carers have the right to request flexible working. The plans are to extend this right to all employees.