are to be given the legal right to ask to work part time under proposals to be
announced today by Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt.
announcement follows a report by the Government’s task force on work and parents,
which was established earlier this year.
right to have a request for changed hours seriously considered will apply only
to parents of children aged under six or disabled children up to 18.
will have the right to refuse a request on business grounds if they can show
that they have abided by a government-set process of consideration.