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Small Businesses Prefer Training to Parental Leave

Latest research from UK independent market research agency BDRC Continental shows that while employee’s rights to paternity leave are well understood, few SMEs are aware of an impending change in regulation that will give employees the right to request time off for training. A significant proportion (79%) of SMEs are aware of workers’ rights to additional paternity leave, yet less than half (48%) are aware of the new right to request time off for study or training that will be introduced in April (See the Time to Train PDF). The research also shows that businesses employing 10-49 staff are least aware of the impending change to training rights – 46% – compared to 58% of businesses employing between 50 and 249 staff. However, the survey reveals that while businesses are aware of... »

Smallest Businesses to be Exempt from Training Requests

Only the smallest firms will be exempt from Time to Train requests when reforms on staff training are introduced next April, small business minister Mark Prisk has said. In a House of Commons Written Answer session published earlier this month, Prisk said that firms with fewer than 50 employees would be exempt from the new Time to Train regulations. However, businesses with 50 to 250 employees will still be obliged to implement the changes – despite calls from business groups that they should be exempt. The reforms 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. The Time to Train regulations were implemented for larger firms in April 2010, and are due to come in... »

Small Businesses: Comment on ‘Time to Train’ Regulations

Small Businesses are being offered the chance to say whether they think their staff should have a formal right to request training (Time to Train). As part of a Government review of the ‘time to train’ regulations, small and medium-sized business owners are being invited to say whether the rules should be scrapped, retained or extended to SMEs as planned. The time to train regulations were introduced to larger firms in April 2010, and are due to be come into force for small businesses 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. “The regulations were introduced so that employees can lay out what kind of training they think... »