How should an employer deal with a study or training request from an employee who has insufficient service to make a request under the statutory provisions?

An application in relation to study or training made by an employee with less than 26 weeks' continuous service will not come within the scope of the legislation. Therefore the employer is under no legal obligation to consider the request, although it may do so if it wishes. It is good practice for an employer that intends to reject a request on the ground of the employee's insufficient service to notify the employee in writing of the reason for the rejection.