Major change for millions of workers under new flexible working rules | The Sun

Major change for millions of workers under new flexible working rules | The Sun

12/05/2022

MILLIONS of workers will be able to request flexible working from the first day of a new job, under new Government plans.

Ministers have spelt out a range of flexible working options, including job-sharing, flexitime, and working compressed, annualised, or staggered hours.

Workers were promised that new measures will give them greater access to flexibility over where, when, and how they work.

Flexible working has been found to help employees balance their work and home life.

It helps to people who have responsibilities such as caring for children or vulnerable people, the Government said.

The announcement comes alongside new laws coming into effect that will allow the lowest paid to work for different employers.

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Small business minister Kevin Hollinrake said: “Giving staff more say over their working pattern makes for happier employees and more productive businesses. Put simply, it’s a no-brainer.

“Greater flexibility over where, when, and how people work is an integral part of our plan to make the UK the best place in the world to work.”

Workers on contracts with a guaranteed weekly income on or below the lower earnings limit of £123 a week will now be protected from exclusivity clauses being enforced against them.

These rules restricted them from working for multiple employers.

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The Government said its reforms will ensure around 1.5 million low-paid employees can work multiple short-term contracts, benefitting people such as students or those with caring responsibilities.

If an employer can't accommodate a request to work flexibly, they will be required to discuss alternative options before they can reject the request.

It comes after 100 companies signed up to become "accredited" employers in a nationwide scheme to test a four-day week.

Only those who work for these select companies will benefit, but organisers 4 Day Week Global hope it will fundamentally change the UK's approach to work.

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