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Winning flex for all

Four out of five workers in Britain want flexible working yet too many are missing out. The Government must ensure all workers have stronger legal rights to flexibility.
Our objectives

We're campaigning for:

  • the government to unlock the flexibility in every job by introducing a new duty on employers to include the possible flexible working options in all job adverts. Every job ad would include details of the potential flexible working arrangements available in that role and the successful candidate would then have the right to take up those flexible working arrangements from their first day on the job.
  • flexible working to be a genuine legal right from the first day in a job. Everyone should be allowed to work flexibly from day one, unless the employer can properly justify why this is not possible. 
  • A right to appeal any rejections and no limits on the number of flexible working requests you can make in a year. 

Greater access to flexible working would help reduce the gender pay gap, address barriers that disabled workers, older workers, carers and those who experience domestic abuse face at work and it helps all of us have a better time at work and spend more time with our loved ones.

But despite this, the current law on flexible working means so many people aren't able to access it. One in three flexible working requests are turned down. You can only make two requests per year, employers are able to easily turn down requests and there's no right to appeal if you employer says no.

Flexible working is any change to when, where and how long you work. It can include compressed hours, flexi-time, remote working, job-shares and mutually agreed predictable hours. 

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