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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.

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Flexible working hours 'will motivate a more diverse workforce'

We welcome the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees.

A shift in attitudes to flexible working is a natural reflection of the changing nature of work and the workforce.

More flexibility extends the ability of employers to attract, retain and motivate a more diverse workforce, better reflective of the customer base they serve.

– Peter Cheese, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

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