New right for partners to attend ante-natal appointments

New legislation has provided fathers and same-sex partners with the right for time off to attend some ante-natal appointments with their partners

New Legislation

From 1 October 2014 employees gained the statutory right to take time off to attend antenatal appointments if they are in a “qualifying relationship” with a pregnant woman.

Employees and agency workers who are in a “qualifying relationship” will be eligible for this right, which applies from the first day of employment. They will be entitled to time off to attend two antenatal appointments, which must be less than 6.5 hours each. It is important that the appointment must be on the advice of a medical practitioner, nurse or midwife.

The key aspect of this new legislation is that whilst there is a right to time off, there is no right to be paid for that time. If you have any questions on this or any other employment related matters then give us a call on 07841 068727.