(3) An application under this section must be made before the fourteenth day before the day on which the child concerned reaches the age of six or, if disabled, eighteen.
(4) If an employee has made an application under this section, he may not make a further application under this section to the same employer before the end of the period of twelve months beginning with the date on which the previous application was made.
(5) The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision about—
(a) the form of applications under this section, and
(b) when such an application is to be taken as made.
(6) The Secretary of State may by order substitute a different age for the first of the ages specified in subsection (3).
(7) In subsection (3), the reference to a disabled child is to a child who is entitled to a disability living allowance within the meaning of section 71 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 (c.4).
(8) For the purposes of this section, an employee is—
(a) a qualifying employee if he—
(i) satisfies such conditions as to duration of employment as the Secretary of State may specify by regulations, and
(ii) is not an agency worker;
(b) an agency worker if he is supplied by a person (''the agent'') to do work for another (''the principal'') under a contract or other arrangement made between the agent and the principal.
80G Employer's duties in relation to application under section 80F
(1) An employer to whom an application under section 80F is made—
(a) shall deal with the application in accordance with regulations made by the Secretary of State, and
(b) shall only refuse the application because he considers that one or more of the following grounds applies—
(i) the burden of additional costs,
(ii) detrimental effect on ability to meet customer demand,
(iii) inability to re-organise work among existing staff,
(iv) inability to recruit additional staff,
(v) detrimental impact on quality,
(vi) detrimental impact on performance,
(vii) insufficiency of work during the periods the employee proposes to work,
(viii) planned structural changes, and
(ix) such other grounds as the Secretary of State may specify by regulations.
(2) Regulations under subsection (1)(a) shall include—
(a) provision for the holding of a meeting between the employer and the employee to discuss an application under section 80G within twenty eight days after the date the application is made;
(b) provision for the giving by the employer to the employee of notice of his decision on the application within fourteen days after the date of the meeting under paragraph (a);
(c) provision for notice under paragraph (b) of a decision to refuse the application to state the grounds for the decision;
(d) provision for the employee to have a right, if he is dissatisfied with the employer's decision, to appeal against it within fourteen days after the date on which notice under paragraph (b) is given;
(e) provision about the procedure for exercising the right of appeal under paragraph (d), including provision requiring the employee to set out the grounds of appeal;
(f) provision for notice under paragraph (b) to include such information as the regulations may specify relating to the right of appeal under paragraph (d);
(g) provision for the holding, within fourteen days after the date on which notice of appeal is given by the employee, of a