Government should extend flexible working rights to all

August 2004
Management Services;Aug2004, Vol. 48 Issue 8, p3
Academic Journal
In response to the announcement that the British government plans to extend flexible working rights to careers, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), one of Great Britain's leading research organizations on work-life balance issues, has urged the government to consider extending the right to all workers when it reviews the legislation three years after its introduction as of August 2004. According to Mike Emmott, head of employee relations, the CIPD welcomes this as further evidence that the government is considering extending the right to request flexible working. In practice, nearly 3 out of 4 employers say they are willing to consider requests for flexible working from all employees, not just parents. This reduces the likelihood that some employees will feel unfairly treated because they believe that others are being given preferential treatment. In a recent CIPD survey, 47 percent reported that many employees who are not entitled to the right resent those who are.


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