Parents could ask for flexible hours under new proposals

Currently, parents of children under 17, or under 18 if their child is disabled, can ask for more flexible working patterns,

But the law is likely to change extending the right to all employees, irrespective of whether they have a child.

Under the change, grandparents could apply for flexible working to help look after grandchildren.

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Clegg parental leave shake-up

Parents will be able to share up to a year's leave to look after their newborn children under "radical" reforms announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today.