Fathers right to time off for ante-natal appointments

Stop press- fathers are now entitled to take time off for ante-natal appointments   

From today, 1st October 2014, an expectant father or the partner of a pregnant woman will be entitled to take unpaid time off work to accompany the pregnant woman to her ante-natal appointments.The term "partner" includes the spouse or civil partner of the pregnant woman and a person (of either sex) in a long term relationship with her.

Employees accompanying the expectant mother to her ante-natal appointments are entitled to unpaid leave for 1 or 2 appointments. The time off is capped at six an a half hours for each appointment.

An employer is not entitled to ask for any evidence of the ante-natal appointments, such as an appointment card, however an employer is entitled to ask the employee for a declaration stating:

1. the date and time of the appointment;

2. that the employee qualifies for the unpaid time off through his or her relationship with the mother or child; and

3.that the time off is for the purpose of attending an ante-natal appointment with the expectant mother that has been made on the advice of a registered medical practitioner, nurse or midwife.

The entitlement also applies to agency workers as long as they have been doing the same kind of job for the same hirer for at least 12 weeks.

If you have any HR/ employment questions, please contact Claire Berry on 01480 442040 or email claire.berry@leedsday.co.uk


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