In January 2010, the Federal Government will introduce the National Employment Standards. Two out of the 10 Standards are of direct interest to working parents.
- Parental leave: Employees will have the ability to request a second 12 months of unpaid leave, so 24 months in total. Currently it is only 12 months.
- Right to request flexibility: An employee who is a parent of or has responsibility for a child under school age can request flexible working hours. An employer may refuse on 'reasonable business grounds'. The request and refusal must be in writing and provide reasons.
For more information, view the following web page: http://www.careermums.com.au/content/uk_experience_flexibility