Friday, 3 April 2009 - For Immediate Release
From 6 April 2009, the right for employees to request flexible working will be extended to include an estimated 4.5 million parents with children aged 16 or under.
Six million carers, parents with children under six, and parents with disabled children under 18 already have the right to request flexible working.
Commenting on the new legislation, Greg Bolshaw, Managing Director of remote working specialists Ubiquitec said, "Flexible working covers a wide variety of working practices, but we expect this latest change to result in a particularly large increase in the number of employees working from home."
Figures published by the Office of National Statistics show that over 3.4 million people, 12.1% of the working population, currently work from home on a regular or permanent basis.
"This is an attractive option for employers during the current economic downturn as home working enables businesses to reduce their overheads", he added.
"However, implementing home working may prove challenging for smaller businesses, especially those without in-house IT expertise."
Employees can request flexible working by simply completing a two-page form, available from the Directgov website.
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