Blog article16th September 2011
Call to extend flexible working rules
Flexible working should be introduced for all workers, a HR body has claimed. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is working with the Government to develop employment law to include flexible working. The CIPD said both businesses and staff can benefit from less regimented work patterns. Mike Emmott, employee relations adviser at the CIPD, said flexible working rules were a "good example of light-touch regulation." He said that many employers were already considering the measures and the benefits of helping their workforce to achieve a better work/life balance. CIPD members also backed the direction of travel outlined in the flexible parental leave plans, Mr Emmott said. The proposals are aimed at encouraging a more equal sharing of parental leave and pay between parents.