Maternity, Paternity & Parental Leave

Time off for ante-natal appointments

A pregnant employee is entitled to take paid time off during normal working hours to receive antenatal 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 unpaid time off to accompany the mother to a maximum of two antenatal appointments, up to a maximum of 6.5 hours per appointment.

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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
  • Time off for dependants

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