time to train regulations

Time to Train Regulations Postponed for Small Businesses

Regulations forcing small firms to offer staff the right to request training from this April have been postponed until the full impact of the reforms on businesses can be assessed. The Time to Train regulations (PDF) were introduced for larger firms in April 2010 and were due to come into force for small firms in April 2011. The regulations require businesses to go through a formal process when an employee asks for training, including reporting back in writing and addressing an appeal if the request is turned down. Commenting on the delay in introducing the reforms, further education, skills and lifelong learning minister, John Hayes said: “It’s vital that the right balance is struck between support for training and the need to minimise the burden of regulation for smaller companies.... »