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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The mother of one of the Manchester attack victims has told of the distressing moment she found her daughter being treated after the attack.
Marjorie and Michael Cawdery, both 83, are understood to have been stabbed to death in a killing their family called "incomprehensible".
Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the shooting in Brent, north west London on Friday night.