Chloe Smith
MP for Norwich North

People to be able to request flexible working on day one of employment

Author: Chloe Smith, Updated: 05 December 2022 12:00

Today the government has announced plans to give workers the right to request flexible working, strengthening workers’ rights and boosting productivity.   

Studies have shown that flexible working creates a more diverse working environment, increases financial returns for businesses as well as giving workers more choice.
That is why today the Government has set out plans to give workers the right to request flexible working including job-sharing, flexitime, and working compressed, annualised, or staggered hours, as we work to strengthen workers’ rights and boost productivity.
The raft of new measures will give employees greater access to flexibility over where, when, and how they work, leading to happier, more productive staff. Flexible working has been found to help employees balance their work and home life, especially supporting those who have commitments or responsibilities such as caring for children or vulnerable people.
Alongside the clear benefits to employees, there is also a strong business case for flexible working. By removing some of the invisible restrictions to jobs, flexible working creates a more diverse working environment and workforce, which studies have shown leads to improved financial returns.
Today’s announcement comes alongside new laws coming into effect that will allow Britain’s lowest paid workers to work more flexibly and boost their income through extra work.
This will mean millions of workers will be able to request flexible working from day one of their employment as we move toward making workplaces more productive.
As the local MP for Norwich North, ensuring that we have more good jobs in Norwich is one of my priorities. To find out what I am doing to ensure this, please visit:  
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I hope you find this information helpful. The government is committed to jobs, and so am I for us in Norwich. If I can help constituents with any matter, please do email me on or ring my constituency office on 01603 414756