Flexible working for everyone?

The current Labour government has given its clearest indication yet that it is committed to allowing everyone, not just parents of young children, the opportunity to request flexible working.

In Call for flexible working for all (BBC News: UK) Beverley Hughes, a government minster, believes such a move would help all 29 million UK workers balance their home and work lives better.

Such a move may have to be made, whoever is in power, if yesterday's blog on Generation Y is to believed.

However, even if such legislation becomes reality, like with a great deal of recent employment-related legislation, employees would only be able to ask and not demand the right to work flexible work patterns.

As expected, even making comments about broadening out the right to flexible working, has ignited a great deal of debate and contrasting opinions - i.e. see BBC's Have Your Say.

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