Wednesday, 13 February 2008

New Factsheet: Employment Law and Flexible Working

Employers are legally obliged to consider applications from staff asking for their contract of employment to be varied to enable them to care for children under the age of 6.

I regularly come across separating parents who are worried as to how they can balance childcare commitments post separation with their work obligations. Kinship carers face similar issues. Many are unaware that they have a right to ask their employer for assistance or convinced that any request may cast them in a bad light with their bosses. Surprisingly, 4 out of 5 applications for flexible working are accepted either in full or in part.

I've written a new factsheet for biological, step, foster and adoptive parents, grandparents and other kinship carers to explain their rights to flexible working.