There was yet more political pre-election ‘courting’ from the Work and Pensions Secretary as she called on every employer to offer flexible working for parents – a sure vote winner? Every employer should champion flexible working – Cooper The Government this week called on employers to promote flexible working, as it published its response to the Family Friendly Taskforce report. Building on the taskforce?s recommendations, Ministers will promote flexible working across the public sector. Work and Pensions Secretary Yvette Cooper also announced that Government will appoint a taskforce of business leaders and business organisations to champion the case for flexible working in the private sector. The Secretary of State pledged that Government would offer more support and that her own Department for Work and Pensions would lead the way in making job vacancies available on a part time and flexible basis. Yvette Cooper, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions said:
“There aren?t enough quality part-time or flexible jobs available to parents at the moment and I am determined that, starting with my own Department, Government works with business so that we can make sure there are enough opportunities out there for parents who want to work."
The Government has also published Think Fathers: How flexible working for Fathers can support business, a collection of case studies of how businesses have implemented flexible working. Article Source: APSCo Newsletter 29 March 2010