In the United Kingdom, the flexible working law currently allows parents with a child under age 6 or with a disability to request a flexible work schedule, and employers must consider this request seriously and reject it only for good business reasons. In May, the government announced an extension of the right to request a flexible work schedule to all parents with children under the age of 16. This extension is expected to give an extra 4.5 million parents the right to request flexible working hours. It is anticipated that this extension of the right to request a flexible work schedule will take effect in April 2009.