Employee training

Feb 19, 2010

From 6 April 2010, approximately 11 million employees in Great Britain will have a new right to request 'time to train'. Employers with 250 or more employees will have to seriously consider an eligible employee's formal request for time away from their core duties to undertake training. Employees can request to undertake any training they think will improve both their and your business' performance. This will be extended to cover employees in all businesses from 6 April 2011.

More than half of small businesses surveyed by a Federation of Small Business January survey panel say UK taxes have prevented them from taking on more staff. Businesses in the South East feel particularly strongly, with 64 per cent saying taxes have a negative impact, closely followed by the North West at 60 per cent and London at 59 per cent. The FSB has called for urgent changes to be made to the tax regime to assist small businesses – namely, a freeze in National Insurance contributions, as well as a NI rebate for small businesses with fewer than 50 staff that take on more employees during 2010-11