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Increased legislation around flexible working is expected to feature in the Queen’s Speech at the state opening of parliament later today.
Along with bills that will see a crackdown on strip clubs the Queen will announce that the government plans to put more pressure on employers to increase flexible working for parents with older children.
Up to now those with children aged up to six could request flexible working from an employer but that is going to be extended to cover an older age group.
But some small businesses have already expressed worries that the legislation will hit them in the pocket in a time of serious credit constraints.
In response the Minister for Business, Lord Mandelson told BBC radio this morning, that companies could get out of offering staff flexible working if they could prove they had good reasons but he brushed aside suggestions that the measure would impose problems for companies.