The consultation for extending flexible working has now closed. The proposals included:

  • The right to request flexible working to be extended to all employees with 26 weeks continuous employment.
  • A new requirement for employers to be reasonable when considering requests for flexible working.
  • Unpaid leave for fathers to attend antenatal appointments.
  • An 18 week period of maternity leave for mothers, followed by a new 34 week period of shared parental leave.

The Government will issue its response to the consultation document in 12 weeks time and we will keep you informed of developments in this area.