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Time Off to Train

7th March, 2011

Regular readers of the Tribunal will remember that we listed the Government proposals to extend the Time to Train regulations (or more formally, The Employee Study and Training (Eligibility, Complaints and Remedies) Regulations 2010 and the Employee Study and Training (Procedural Requirements Regulations 2010) as one of the changes to employment law to watch out for in 2011. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has now announced that the right to request time off for training will not be extended in April 2011 as previously expected.

Since April 2010, any employee who works for an organisation with at least 250 employees has the right to request time off for training to improve their skills. Failure on behalf of an employer to consider this request could result in a maximum penalty of eight weeks pay. This right was introduced with a view to extending it to all employers from April 2011.

Following the change of Government in May last year, it was announced in November that employers with fewer than 50 employees would be exempt from the Time to Train regulations.

On 16 February 2011, BIS announced that the Time to Train regulations will not be extended in April as originally anticipated.

As a result of a period of consultation, which began in August 2010, Ministers want to take more time to examine the likely impact of the extension on smaller employers and to ensure that the right balance is struck between support for training and minimising the burden of such obligations on smaller organisations.

If you have any questions as to how the Time to Train regulations affects your business, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team.

For more information on this, or any other employment issue please contact Helen Watson on 01244 405565 or email her here.

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