2014-06-23T134125Z_3_LYNXMPEA5M0DN_RTROPTP_2_IRAQ-SECURITY-OBAMA

Obama seeks to expand flex-time for government workers

US President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq from the briefing room of the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton and Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, as part of efforts to make the U.S. workplace more accommodating for employees with families, will on Monday direct federal agencies to step up efforts to give workers more leeway in determining their schedules. Obama, who is seeking to boost Democratic fortunes before the midterm elections in November, has been urging Congress to back legislation to make workplaces more “family friendly.” The president will issue a memorandum requiring federal agency heads to expand flexible workplace policies as much as possible, the White House said in a statement. Obama will also make clear that federal workers may request a flexible work arrangement without fear it will subject them to negative consequences in the workplace, whether the request is granted or not, the White House said. The announcements are part of the White House’s “summit on working families,” where Obama will promote policies such as raising the minimum wage and expanding access to childcare.

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