Pay During Training: The Rules & Regulations

Often when starting a new job role, you’ll be required to complete some kind of induction or training. Especially for roles involving heavy machinery and other potential hazards. Health and safety training is crucial for the wellbeing of employees.

In this blog, we’ll take a look at the different parts of legislation that make payment during training a legal requirement.

In 1999, the Government introduced a new set of legislation named The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. These regulations cover things relating to the health and safety of employees and the training employees receive in order to comply with those health and safety standards.

In a nutshell, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 says that;

  • Employers need to take into account risks and hazards and in entrusting tasks to their employees, take into consideration their capabilities in regards to health and safety.
  • Employers must provide the appropriate training required to meet health and safety standards.
  • The training must be repeated when necessary, be changed if required and take place during working hours.

The important thing to not is that this training must be completed within working hours. But, are you entitled to be paid during this time?

Another regulation, titled The National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015 states that the hours an employee is training for, must be treated as hours of work. This means that any health and safety training or induction work must be included in paid time.

Finally, the GLAA licensing standard also touches on this topic stating;

  • A licence holder must cooperate with the labour user to ensure responsibility for making sure that the workers provided have received any necessary health and safety training, including induction training, appropriate to the site(s) at which they are working and the work they have been employed to do.
  • No charge may be made for providing health and safety training. Any time spent training should be treated as an extension of time at work.

In summary, these three legislations mean that employers must provide their employees with the appropriate health and safety training and they are also required to pay staff for attending.


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Posted: Tue 28 Apr 2020
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