This employment law guide explores the basics of maternity, paternity & parental leave and offers guidance on how to avoid common pitfalls.

Time off for ante-natal appointments

A pregnant employee is entitled to take paid time off during normal working hours to receive ante-natal care. All pregnant employees have this right, regardless of their length of service, and it applies to appointments made on the advice of a medical practitioner. The employer can ask for an appointment card as evidence for all appointments except for the first one.

The father of the child has the right to take time off to accompany the mother to a maximum of 2 ante-natal appointments, up to a maximum of 6.5 hours per appointment. Employers do not need to pay their employee for this time.

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  • Maternity Leave
  • Paternity Leave
  • Time off for Adoption Appointments
  • Adoption Leave
  • Statutory Maternity/Paternity/Adoption Pay
  • Parental Leave
  • Shared Parental Leave