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Flexible working 'should be open to all employees'

Flexible working 'should be open to all employees'

The opportunity to benefit from flexible working practices should be open to all employees across the UK, an expert has said.

Speaking in response to the Modern Workplaces consultation - a document that sets out the government's position on factors such as parental leave - Mike Emmott, employee relations adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), has urged the government to stick to its timetable for flexible working.

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance has previously stated its intention to widen this benefit to every worker by 2015 and Mr Emmott stated this legislative change is now "long overdue".

He went on to note that this offers benefits to both companies and their workers, meaning that "restricting it to groups of parents and carers creates a mistaken assumption that flexibility is a perk that is good for some but not others".

In addition, Mr Emmott insisted that all employers have now accepted the fact they will be expected to offer this practice, so any alteration to the plans would be counter-intuitive.

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Posted by Trusha Vyas