Flexible Working, New Duty to Consider Requests from Employees for

From 6 April 2003 requests by working parents of young or disabled children to work flexibly must be considered seriously by their employers. This Factsheet provides some basic details of the legal obligations employers will have under the duty. These rights apply in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Although Northern Ireland has its own separate legislation, the rights apply in the same way as in the rest of the United Kingdom. Parents of children aged under six or of disabled children aged under eighteen will have the right to apply for flexible working providing they have the qualifying length of service. Employers will have a statutory duty to consider their applications seriously. This right enables mothers and fathers to request to work flexibly. It does not provide an a... »