Parental leave/Maternity leave

When certain categories of employees request flexible working arrangements, and comply with the procedural requirements for that request, the employer may only decline the request on reasonable business grounds. The employees who have this right under the Fair Work Act 32009 include parents of children under school age and others. Sec 65 of the Act provides that without limiting what are reasonable business grounds, they include the following:
(a) that the new working arrangements requested by the employee would be too costly for the employer;
(b) that there is no capacity to change the working arrangements of other employees to accommodate the new working arrangements requested by the employee;
(c) that it would be impractical to change the working arrangements of other employees, or recruit new employees, to accommodate the new working arrangements requested by the employee;
(d) that the new working arrangements requested by the employee would be likely to result in a significant loss in efficiency or productivity;
(e) that the new working arrangements requested by the employee would be likely to have a significant negative impact on customer service.