I have recently started a new job. Whilst doing a review with my assistant/receptionist we discussed training. She had been booked on a admin skills training course some months ago, which was cancelled and another one has not scheduled. She was disappointed and, at her instigation, we agreed a different course and booked it.
She has now said that she assumes she will be getting TOIL for the extra hours she will be doing on the training day – including the travel. She works normal office hours (08:30 – 17:00), the course is approx. 1.5 – 2 hours drive each way so she is looking for at least 4 hours TOIL. There is no set procedure or precedent for this within the company and I have never given TOIL for this before. She will be paid expenses for travel and lunch. I believe we are investing in her and TOIL is not part of this. She has threatened not to attend if she doesn’t get time off.
Is her request for TOIL reasonable? Does anyone else think it shows a lack of commitment?
Pauline Martin

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