The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is reportedly reviewing the Additional Paternity Leave Regulations 2010 SI 2010/1055, which came into force in April this year, and will present its conclusions later in the year. The Regulations give eligible employees up to six months’ leave to care for a child if the child’s mother returns to work without exercising her full maternity leave entitlement, but only apply in relation to children born on or after 3rd April 2011. One option being touted is to repeal the Regulations.
Likewise, employees in businesses with more than 250 employees have had the legal right to request time off to carry out relevant training since 6 April 2010. However, the right is now being reviewed as part of the aim of reducing the regulatory burden on business. To feed into this review, the Government has published a consultation asking employees, businesses and other interested parties for their opinions on the right to request time off to train. The consultation period has now taken place and among the questions posed in the consultation were whether the right should be repealed, retained for large organisations or extended to small and medium-sized organisations as planned.
Hopefully a decision will be announced shortly. Contact me in the meantime if you have any questions.