Majority of working parents are not using flexible working rights

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Majority of working parents are not using flexible working rightsOn 23 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Only a tiny fraction of staff have made a request to work flexibly sinceregulations aimed at helping working parents were introduced nearly six monthsago. New research reveals that less than 1 in 1,300 employees have made arequest, despite around one in seven of the working population being eligibleto apply. Under the Employment Act, which came into force in April, working parentswith children under the age of six or disabled children under the age of 18have the right to request flexible working arrangements. The survey of 25 organisations employing more than 125,000 people by lawfirm KLegal found that less than half had received any flexible working requestsat all since April, and had only received 97 requests in total. Commenting on the findings, Colina Greenway, director in people services atKLegal, said: “These findings are a surprise, given all the evidencepointing to a desire among employees to work more flexibly. “It could be that workers are still simply not aware of their rights,or that they would rather not be the first to request a change,” sheadded. “Some could be worried that applying might jeopardise their jobsecurity, even though the law says it shouldn’t.” Around 30 per cent of the requests were made by men, and around 40 per centof requests were granted by the employer without any modifications. Almost all of the companies polled considered the burden of introducingflexible working to have been negligible or insignificant. Perhaps this is notsurprising, given the low number of requests received. Weblink Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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