Right to Request Time Off for Training

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A press released has been issued by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills announcing that the right to request time off for training will not be extended to all employees from April, 2011. Since April, 2010, employees of organisations with in excess of 250 employees have the right to request time off for training. It was originally intended that this right be extended to all employees with effect from April, 2011. So employers with less than 250 employees are not yet obliged to offer their employees the right to request time off for training. The Further Education Skills and Lifelong Learning Minister, John Hayes, stated that the delay in implementation of the extension of the right to request time off for training was to “allow further, thorough discussion, scrutiny and evaluation”. Mr Hayes stated that a balance must be struck between support for training and the need to minimise the burden of regulation for smaller companies.

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