Flexible working to become 'norm' under new rules

Flexible working will become the norm in all offices, with Britain's workforce happier as a result of the "end of presenteeism", the minister in charge of new rules claims today.

Productivity and happiness will increase and put an end to 'presenteeism', say ministers Credit: PA

Due to start tomorrow, 20 million employees across the country will be entitled to ask for flexible hours, including working from home. Employers will be obliged to consider requests reasonably, and millions are expected to take advantage of the changes.

Speaking to the Independent on Sunday, employment relations minister Jo Swinson said: "You get staff that are happy and more productive and the employers benefit from that as well. And lots of businesses are very positive about this".