On 6th April 2010, the law changed to allow all employees to request time of to train.
Here are some of the issues which need to be considered:
- Will the training benefit the employer as well as the employee?
If it won’t benefit the employer, you can turn down the request.
- Will you give the time paid or unpaid?
There is no requirement to pay salary while an employee is taking time off for training, even if it will benefit the employer.
- Will you pay for the training?
Again, there is no need to pay for the training, even if it will benefit the employer.
- By saying yes to some employees and no to others, you may open yourselves up to discrimination claims.
Have a clear policy and procedure and communicate the criteria you will judge all applications by.
To find out more about the new legal entitlement to request time off for training or for assistance with your policy development, please contact us.