Dates set for flexible working requests extension and shared parental leave

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has announced on Twitter that the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees with 26 weeks’ service will be ‘available’ from 30 June this year. This presumably means that requests can be made under the new regime from 30 June. It was originally planned to start in April but has been delayed by the slow progress of the Children and Families Bill, now in its final stages in Parliament.

BIS has also published draft regulations on the new shared parental leave (SPL) and pay regime, available for births and adoptions from April next year.  The regulations reflect the government’s response to consultation last year; the key points for employers are…

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