Government urged to drop time to train regulations

The government should consider scrapping plans to give employees the right to ask for time off to train.

The call has come from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) at the start of a five-week consultation on the new regulation.

The BCC insisted that the plans should be dropped in their entirety because of the obligations they impose on smaller firms.

These the BCC described as inappropriate, costly, and potentially confusing when they are combined with other legal obligations.

Adam Marshall, director of policy at the BCC, said: “Regulations such as these also provide yet another route to employment tribunal, allowing disgruntled employees an opportunity to threaten legal action due to paperwork and bureaucracy.”

The BCC also wants to see proposals to introduce additional paternity leave, slated for next April, to be shelved until the government has firmed up its own plans for parental leave reform.

Dr Marshall added: “These decisions must be taken urgently so businesses have clarity over what their employment obligations are. Constant tinkering with employment legislation costs businesses money and distracts them from generating growth and creating jobs.”

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