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Stronger legal rights to flexible workingFour out of five workers want to work flexibly and 92 per cent of mums who worked flexibly told us they would find it difficult or impossible to do their job without it. But current flexible working rights are way too limited – workers only have the right to request flexibility after 6 months in the job. Employers can turn down requests for a huge range of reasons – one in three requests for flexible working are turned down. The government is proposing making the right to request a right from day one, but this is tinkering round the edges of a failed policy. People who need to work flexibly - mums, dads, carers, disabled workers, older workers - need to know whether flexibility is available before they even apply for the job. A day one right to ask would mean having to ask at interview or one your first day in the job, and loads of people won't feel comfortable doing this for fear of rejection or being seen as 'awkward' by their employer. That’s why employers must be legally required to include flexible working options in job adverts and everyone needs the right to have flexible working, not just to ask. Secretary of State for Business, Kwasi Kwarteng, sets the rules here. He could bring legislation to build up our rights to flexible work. We’re calling on him to help make work more flexible for everyone.20,641 of 25,000 SignaturesCreated by The TUC and Mother Pukka