Flexible Working and the Right to Request Time off for Training

From 30th June 2014, all employees will have the right to request flexible working, if they have 26 weeks continuous service.

All the details, and details of the Right to request Training are in our article here.

In addition, from 8th March 2013, to comply with the Parental Leave (EU Directive) Regulations, agency workers with at least one year’s service have a right for the time to request flexible working, but can only apply on their return from unpaid parental leave.

If you do not have enough service your employer may still may be prepared to consider you working flexibly, although they have no legal responsibility to do so.

The right to request time off for Training or Study

Certain employees have this right. To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Be an employee (not an agency worker or self-employed)
  • Have worked with your employer continuously for 26 weeks at the date you apply for time off
  • Only apply for time off for Training or Study once in every 12 months (although your Employer can consider more frequent requests they have no statutory obligation to do so).
  • Work for an organisation with 250+ employees.

pdate July 2011: The Government have confirmed that they will not extend the right for employees to make requests to train or study, if they work for an Employer who has less than 250 employees, until at least April 2015. (This right was to be extended to this group in April 2011 but was postponed).

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