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17.6.6 Ambit of an approval
Most employers have a documented policy for the approval of study leave, involving two elements:
- approval of the course/subjects being taken by the employee, and
- formal documentation of the times of attendance. This may include a list of all lectures/tutorials etc. for all subjects, including those to be taken at night. Preferably, the documentation will include the hours, if any, of paid study leave, travelling time, and details of how the employee intends to claim hours of attendance over the maximum allowed through the study leave provisions.
The approval by the employer referred to in the Act includes not only approval for specific hours of leave, but also approval for the subjects being taken. Accordingly all required attendances at the place of education are covered.