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i noticed an article in the paper this morning about the new regulatio ns around working parents and their rights. apparently from next month, employees with children will have the right to apply to their employers for flexible working hours. in and of itself this seems like a "good thing", but if you read a bit further, the implication is that the employees work can then be shifted onto their colleagues.

this has happened to me a couple of times in the past and really bugs me (although it was protected by legislation at the time). why should i take on someone else's work plus my own so that they can have an easier life? the most annoying thing i have seen is when the person getting the extra time then starts to complain about not getting better promotions or pay rises. everyone should put in the same amount of effort, or if they don't, then accept the lack of career advancement as a side effect.