The Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) announced recently that it is consulting on the future of the “Right to Request Time off to Train” legislation.

According to BIS, the Consultation seeks views about the future of the legislation and “whether the right should be repealed, retained for large organisations or extended to small and medium sized organisations as planned”.

We blogged on this topic earlier in the year, prior to the legislation coming into force on 6 April. At the time we said that we would be surprised if the legislation would significantly change anything from an employer’s perspective. The clue is in the title: employees have the right to request time off to train and not necessarily the right to take time off to train.

Given the Government’s pledge to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses and given the points made above we are not particularly surprised at the launch of this Consultation.

If you are interested in responding, you must do so by 15 September 2010. The Consultation document is available here.