Campaigning for flexible working for parents

Ministers
have launched a campaign to remind millions of parents that they will soon be
able to demand more flexible working hours from their employers.

Secretary
of State for Trade and Industry, Patricia Hewitt, said the moves will help
tackle the long hours culture.

A
special telephone hotline is also being launched to advise workers about the
changes.

From
April, employees with a child under six will be able to ask to change their
working hours or move over to part-time or home working.

Employers
will have to treat the request seriously or risk being punished by an
industrial tribunal.

By Quentin Reade

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