What do the provisions relating to study or training requests include?
Qualifying employees have the right to make a request "for the purpose of enabling [them] to undertake study or training". Although this is widely understood to mean time off for study or training, the potential scope of the right is broader and requests may be made, for example, for employers to pay for training or provide their own training, or for adjustments to be made to hours to accommodate study or training. Employers are not obliged to agree to requests but must give them serious consideration through a prescribed procedure set out in the legislation. The provisions also include the qualifying conditions for the right to make a request, the requirements when making requests, the permitted grounds for refusing requests, and the remedies available to employees if their employer breaches the provisions.
The provisions relating to study or training requests are set out in ss.63D to 63K of the Employment Rights Act 1996. Detailed provisions are set out in the Employee Study and Training (Eligibility, Complaints and Remedies) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/156), the Employee Study and Training (Procedural Requirements) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/155) and the Employee Study and Training (Qualifying Period of Employment) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/800).