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Flexible Working

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to ensure that those who care for people with a fluctuating condition will be able to exercise their right to request flexible working. (95496)

[holding answer 20 October 2006]: Under the Work and Families Act 2006, we are extending the right to request flexible working to carers of adults, with effect from 6 April 2007. Carers will include qualifying employees who care for people with a fluctuating condition. We will be working with stakeholders to raise awareness of the extended right.

We will be laying amended flexible working regulations by the end of this year and, in the accompanying guidance, we will address issues which are likely to be of particular interest to employees caring for people with a fluctuating condition, including the use of trial periods and reviews.