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.