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Flexible working 'should be available to all'

Published: Monday, 12 May 2008   Category: Life after graduation

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has called on the government to extend the right to request flexible working to all workers.

This comes after reports suggested that Gordon Brown is to extend the right to request such an arrangement to parents of children up to 12 years old.

Mike Emmott, CIPD employee relations adviser, comments: "We wholly support moves to extend the ‘right to request’ to more parents. But the government should be bolder still and extend the right to all workers.

"The danger with ever larger groups of people entitled to request flexible working, and a smaller number not entitled to do so, is that divisions will grow up in the workplace."

He added that numerous "enlightened" employers already allowed their staff to work flexibly regardless of their family status, noting that an extension of such a right to all workers would "level the playing field".

Recent research found that small and medium-sized businesses are leading the way in terms of flexible working practices.


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