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Employment Protection of Volunteer TA Reservists
With the Government cutting the Army to its smallest size in 100 years, it announced in early July that it would be placing more emphasis on using volunteers. It is cutting the numbers of soldiers by 20,000 but is planning on doubling the number of reservists to 30,000. This is likely to have a big impact on employers.

Many employers have members of the Territorial Army amongst its staff and they value the training and skills that this brings to their businesses. However, if there is going to be more reliance on deploying these individuals, it could have a significant effect on UK businesses – particularly the smaller ones, who may struggle to cope with long-term absence of some staff.

The defence secretary, Philip Hammond has said that this will require a “change in the relationship between defence, the employer and the reservist.” He has said that he intended to publish a consultation paper in the autumn setting out the new proposals.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016

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