Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara welcomes new employee rights

BK3Barbara has welcomed measures in the Queen’s speech to give employees the right to request flexible working and the right to request additional training to improve their skills.

Barbara said:

“I am pleased the Government has kept its promise to extend the right to request flexible working to parents who have children up to the age of 16. This will help many parents and carers in my constituency to balance their work and family life.

“Extending flexible working does not have to cause great impacts on employers - they are still able to refuse requests if they have a reasonable case for doing so. However, many employers find that flexible working helps them to get the best out of their employees.”

Barbara also welcomed the announcement that employees will be given the right to request relevant training to improve their skills and to have these requests properly considered by their employer.

Barbara said:

“Helping workers to request additional training will help businesses and individuals in Worsley constituency get the skills they need to emerge stronger after the economic downturn.

“The Government has invested heavily in skills and training, with funding of more than £4.5 billion nationally next year. The Governments “Train to Gain” programme is also set to expand substantially over the next few years. I will shortly be writing to local businesses in Worsley constituency to let them know what funding and support is available to them under the Train to Gain programme.”

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