April 6 saw the introduction of new legislation giving the 3.8m UK parents of children under 6, and parents with disabled children under 18 the legal right to request flexible working arrangements.
Although welcomed by many, the Institute of Directors called it a “Black day” for business. Others have criticised the legislation as discriminatory becuase it only affects parents.
How will this legislation affect worker relationships? Who will gain and at what cost to business? Are flexibility and commitment to work mutually exclusive?