New rights will force employers to consider part-time work requests

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.

By Ben Willmott

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