People Management reported on the 17th May 2018 that carers should be entitled to request flexible working from the first day of their employment, a report published by an influential parliamentary committee has urged.

Currently employees can only request flexible working after 26 weeks of employment meaning they must use annual leave or sick leave to cover caring responsibilities. With an estimated one in nine of the UK’s workforce balancing care with work this is an issue which needs to be addressed. People Management go on to describe how the report calls on the government to amend the Flexible Working Regulations 2014 to put in place a right to request flexible working from the first day of employment, putting an end to the six-month “period of uncertainty” that can deter carers from staying in work.

To read the full and original article visit People Management website.

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