The Flexible Working (Eligibility, Complaints and Remedies) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 have been published and will come into force on 6 April 2011. They amend the main Flexible Working (Eligibility, Complaints and Remedies) Regulations 2002 by widening one of the conditions under which employees may request a flexible working arrangement.
At the moment, that condition states that, in order to be able to make a request, an employee must care for a child under 17 or, if disabled, under 18. From 6 April 2011, that condition is to be changed to the child being under 18.
What this means in practice is that the current statutory right to request flexible working is being extended to parents of children under 18 from 6 April 2011 (it currently applies to parents of children under 17, parents of disabled children under 18 and also to carers of certain adults).