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24.10.11

FPI supports Modern Workplace reforms

The Family and Parenting Institute has urged the Prime Minister to support proposals to improve working life for families, in a letter signed by charities representing working parents.

This comes after news that the reforms recommended in the Government’s Modern Workplace consultation could be delayed or watered down.

The proposals include extending the right to request flexible working to all employees and to improve parental leave following the birth of a baby.

In a letter to David Cameron, the signatories say: “We believe that further change is critical to your aim of delivering a more family friendly Britain. We urge you not to delay the further reforms which will benefit the economy as well as families.

“Good employers already reap the benefits of widespread flexible working, from reduced absenteeism and recruitment costs, to improved performance and commitment from flexible workers.

“They have nothing to fear from the proposed extension of the right to request to all employees. Indeed, as the impact assessment shows, extending flexible working will bring a financial saving of £222.5m to employers.”

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