A bill that would give workers the right to work flexibly has been supported by an Oxfordshire MP.

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon has sponsored the Flexible Working Bill which was introduced to the Commons by Tulip Siddiq MP as a private members’ bill.

The MP said she was 'proud' to support the bill and highlighted that she believes it is important to give people the right to work flexibly in an effort to 'build back better' as we emerge from the pandemic.

If the Bill became law, it would give all workers a right to flexible working from the first day in a job and ensure that employers advertise how new jobs can be done flexibly.

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The Flexible Working Bill would empower workers to get their jobs to work for them and make a big difference to the lives of working parents in particular. It would also boost productivity, women’s employment and the economy.

A recent report by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) found that four in five workers want to work flexibly, whether that’s part-time, flexi-time, remotely, in a job share or by other means. However, employees have only limited rights to request flexible working resulting in three in ten such requests being turned down, with people in working class occupations far less likely to have the option of working flexibly.

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