The Government has announced that the right to request flexible working will be extended to all parents with children under 18 from April 2011. A consultation on how to extend this right to all employees and create a new system of flexible parental leave will be launched later in 2010. As an interim measure the Additional Paternity Leave Regulations 2010 which apply to parents of children due on or after 3 April 2011 will remain in force to encourage shared parenting.