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Time Off Work For Training and Study

This sub-folder includes Guidance Notes and a comprehensive range of letters to help employers deal with the whole process of handling requests from employees for time off to train.

Employees in organisations with more than 250 employees have a statutory right to make a request in relation to time off for study or training. Employers will be obliged to consider seriously requests that they receive, but will be able to refuse a request where there is a good business reason for doing so.  Plans to extend this right to organisations with fewer than 250 employees have been delayed.

There is no absolute right for employees to take time off for training, and no requirement for you, as an employer, to pay employees during the time off or to pay for the training itself. The training or study does not have to lead to a qualification, but it should improve the employee’s effectiveness at work and, therefore, benefit the organisation.

It is essential to treat all requests seriously and consistently, using the proper processes.  Mishandling requests could lead to discrimination claims, where compensation is uncapped. This could occur if, for instance, an older employee could show his or her request was not being granted, but a request from a younger colleague was.

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