People Management wrote on the 3rd October how the government is considering whether it should impose a duty on employers to think about whether jobs could be done flexibly and to publish details of policies that affect parents.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy revealed yesterday that it would consult on whether organisations with more than 250 staff should be required to publish their parental leave and pay policies “so job applicants can make informed decisions about whether they can combine the role with caring for their family”.

The department raised concerns that many job candidates would fear being discriminated against if they asked potential employers about their policies for working parents.

And in an effort aimed at helping “parents and carers in the workforce”, the government said it “will consider creating a duty for employers to consider whether a job can be done flexibly, and make that clear when advertising”.

“Working flexibly helps people to balance their work and home lives and is vital in creating an inclusive economy where those with caring responsibilities can continue working,” the government statement added. “It also gives employers access to a wider pool of talent and enables better matching of applicants and jobs.”

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