Jenny Willott, the minister for employment relations and consumer affairs, was speaking at the Work and Family show on Friday in London. The government had been forced to delay the extension from its original April implementation date because there was not enough time for the Bill to receive royal asset.
The legislation will give all employees with 26 weeks service the right to request a flexible working arrangement. Currently this only applies to working parents and carers. Employers now have four months to get ready for the change, though commentators do not believe there will be a rush of requests.
Speaking at the event with Willott, chief executive of Timpson John Timpson said flexible working is the right way to do business. “In 25 years almost everyone will be working flexibly. We’re going to realise that 9 to 5 doesn’t work,” he said.