The Australian Government has also announced that it will introduce legislation before the September 14 election to broaden the right to request flexible work under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). This announcement follows the release of a report, Investing in Care: Recognising and Valuing Those Who Care by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), which suggested that carers’ rights should be extended by removing the restrictions on the categories of employees who have a right to request flexible work. Currently, the right to request flexible hours is limited to parents with responsibility for a child under school age or a child with disability aged under 18. Under the proposed amendments, the right to request will be extended to workers with caring responsibilities, employees who are parents or have responsibility for the care of a child of school age, employees with disability, mature-age employees and workers affected by domestic violence.
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