Headline from the Beeb:
Flexible working to be extended
No it isn't.
The right to *ask* for flexible working is to be extended. The right for employers *to say no* to everyone who asks for it, so long as you give 'reasonable' excuses, and for employees to have no recourse to anything other than an appeal hearing, remains in all cases. Trust the 'loony leftist' BBC to get that one wrong.
Following the recommendations of an independent review, Business Secretary John Hutton said the move would give a "big boost" to busy parents.
No it won't. No-one has to say yes to any of these requests, ever. It's a totally pointless piece of legislation unless there is some form of regulation. But then that would be the kind of 'wasteful' red tape that David Cameron's only going to stick on the bonfire anyway when he gets in, so why bother? And besides, as if New Labour has ever really given a shit about working people and their rights.
Leaders of small businesses have criticised the step and said it could be damaging to firms.
Yes, I'm sure it's the 'small businesses' who are worried about this and not massive corporations like, er, the BBC. These 'small businesses' clearly haven't understood *they can say no every single time, and not be worried about any comeback whatsoever*. Maybe the BBC explained it to them, or something.
However, Federation of Small Businesses chairman Alan Tyrrell said: "The announcement puts small businesses in an impossible position.
"You can't have an extension of flexible working and at the same time clamp down on the means by which many small businesses cope with it which is often through temporary workers.
Blub, blub, blub. Yeah I bet you're really pissed off that you can still say no to everyone every single time and no-one can do anything about it. That's really bad news, isn't it. Oh and you have to treat temporary workers a tiny waffer-thin bit more like human beings rather than cattle. Aw diddums. Grow up and get the fuck on with it.