She said that details around the use of masks in workplaces must be clarified, along with changes to rules on sick pay.
Cautioning bosses against issuing blanket requests for their workers to return to the office, she added: “As the work from home guidance ends, employers must acknowledge that one size does not fit all.
“They should consult their staff and unions about continuing flexibility in working patterns and location.
“Flexible working isn’t just about working at home. It can mean having predictable or fixed hours, working as a job-share, or working flexitime, term-time only hours or compressed hours.
“No one should miss out on flexible working. Ministers must bring in a new right to flexible working for every worker, in every job. Otherwise there will be a new class divide between those who can work flexibly from home, and those who can’t.”
Ministers are currently exploring whether employees should be given the right to request flexible working arrangements as the “default” option, unless their bosses provide a “good reason” not to.
This will not extend to a legal right to work from home, however, with Downing Street previously making clear there are “clear benefits to be gained from people working in the office.”
It came as bosses at John Lewis and Waitrose confirmed they will introduce flexible working for staff at the retailer’s head offices.
Andrew Murphy, executive director of operations for the John Lewis Partnership, said last night that the “pandemic has forced us all to rethink the norm of five days in an office.”