The National Employment Standards (NES) will come into effect in January 2010. It will provide 10 new minimum entitlements for all Australian workers. The NES are to replace the Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard (AFPCS) currently in force under the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (WR Act). One of the National Employment Standards will provide working parents with children under school age the right to request a flexible work arrangement.
CareerMums has compiled an easy guide to understanding your rights and obligations on the right to request flexibility.
If your employer has not started preparing for these changes, provide them with the following link. It also includes how to create a flexible work policy and how to implement process and procedures to ensure they are compliant with the Standard on flexibility.