16th August 2010


 Issue No.  2010/20




Further to our Information update on 31st July 2009 (2009/16) and 24th November 2009 (2009/24) we remind you of The Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 which introduced the new statutory right for employees (who have a minimum of 26 weeks’ service) to apply for time off to undertake study or training.
With effect from April 2010, this statutory right applies to Employers with 250 or more employees.  It is currently scheduled that this right will be extended to all other employers with effect from April 2011.
However, the Government is carrying out a review as part of it’s aim of reducing the regulatory burden on business.
The Government has published a consultation asking employees, businesses and other interested parties for their opinions on the right to request time off to train.  More details can be found at: www.bis.gov.uk/time-to-train.
The consultation period will be shorter than the normal 12 weeks and will close on 15th September.  This is to allow all representations to be made prior to the September 17th deadline for submissions to the next meeting of the Reducing Regulation Committee.
As usual if you have any queries on this or any other matter please call us on 08456 446006.




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