The Flexible Hours Amendment



Flexible Hours Amendment Bill
Employment Relations (Flexible Working Hours) Amendment Bill has passed it's first reading in Parliament. it aims to give employees with young and dependent children the right to request flexible and/or reduced working hours.

This bill proposes an amendment to the Employment Relations Act 2000 giving employees with young and dependent children the right to request part-time and flexible hours. It also proposes a framework in which these employees can negotiate reduced working hours.

Employees who have worked with the same employer continuously for the six months prior to a request will have the right to change their working hours when they have full time care of one or more children under five or one or more disabled children up to the age of eighteen.

The change would relate either to the hours the employee is required to work or the days on which the employee is required to work. Flexible hours could be job sharing, part time work or hours of work by arrangement with the employer.

Employers will be required to take the request seriously and formally assess how these f...

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