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All about age: four-generation working; the future of flexible working requests

By Ruth Ormston

On 30 June this year, the right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees who have the relevant qualifying service, not just employees with parental responsibility for a child or caring responsibilities for an adult.

With the abolition of the default retirement age, and the increasing evidence that millions have not saved enough to live the type of life they would like in retirement, are employers likely to see a significant number of requests from their older employees in particular?

According to the recent Global Benefits publication from Towers Watson, more than half of workers admit they need to save more for their retirement, with 58 per cent not being confident that they would be able to afford a long retirement of around 25 years…

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