Can an employer refuse a statutory request in relation to study or training?
Yes, an employer can refuse a statutory request in relation to study or training, but only on one or more specified grounds. The grounds for refusal are:
- that the proposed study or training would not improve the employee's effectiveness in the employer's business, or the performance of the employer's business;
- the burden of additional costs;
- detrimental effect on ability to meet customer demand;
- inability to reorganise work among existing staff;
- inability to recruit additional staff;
- detrimental impact on quality;
- detrimental impact on performance;
- insufficiency of work during the periods the employee proposes to work; and
- planned structural changes.