Jenny Willott welcomes new rights on flexible working

July 4, 2014 12:42 PM

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Liberal Democrats at Westminster have extended the right for employees in Wales to request flexible working.

Flexible working helps people to balance their work with other responsibilities or with life in general. Up until now, the right was only available for carers or people who looked after children.

The scheme was introduced by Liberal Democrats in Government in order to help workplaces become more flexible. It will help older workers stay in work for longer when coming up to retirement, and may also help young people who want to undertake studying while they work.

Flexible working is expected to benefit more than 20 million employees across the UK.

Commenting, Jenny Willott MP said:

"As a Business Minister and Minister for Women and Equalities until very recently, improving the workplace for women was one of my key areas of focus. Vince Cable, Jo Swinson and I have all worked really hard to introduce reforms like shared parental leave and extending flexible working to help employees balance their work with family life and caring responsibilities.

"Employers that are flexible have more productive and happy employees, and it can ensure that more women are able to stay in the work force whilst bringing up children or looking after older relatives. Flexible working can really improve the lives of employees and it can help businesses to keep their employees for longer and have a happier, more loyal work force."

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