Time off to accompany your partner to ante-natal appointments

Law change – new employment right

Time off to accompany a pregnant woman to ante-natal appointments

Law update

Law update

From October 2014 partners now have the right to unpaid time off to accompany their pregnant partner for up to two anti natal appointment.

This new right will be available to employees and qualifying agency workers.  It applies from day one of employment so requires no continuous service.

Employees do not need to make the time up and must not suffer any detriment for taking this new right.

It implements part 8 of the Children’s and Family Act 2014 and comes into force on 1st October 2014

Who qualifies for it?

It applies to the pregnant woman’s husband, civil partner or partner (including same-sex partner), the father or parent of a pregnant woman’s child, and intended parents in a surrogacy situation who meet specified conditions.

Any restrictions?

The leave is capped at 6.5 hours per appointment.  And, is only for two appointments.  The appointments must also have been recommended by a Doctor, Midwife or Medical Professional.

depositphotos_11300920-Bags-of-money-with-Pounds-SterlingUnlike appointments for pregnant employees you do not need to put your hand in your pocket unless you wish to.  The right is unpaid.

Of course, an employer can offer paid leave or offer more leave, if they wish to do so.   This is just the Statutory minimum you have to comply with.

Asking for proof

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to ask for proof as such as it relates to the mother, not the father or parent of the child.

You could however, ask for a written statement and it may be wise to have an internal form fit for this purpose.  This is so if you subsequently discover you have been misled and the time was taken for other purposes you can consider it a potential misconduct issue and grounds for disciplinary action.

And if you don’t?

Employees will have the right to bring claims in the Employment Tribunal if their employer unreasonably refuses to let them take time off for this purpose.

Carole Thomson

Carole Thomson

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I hope you have found this employment update useful.  As with all the ‘family friendly’ legislation it is best to have this laid out in your Employees Handbook.  Particularly as combined,  they tend to be complex and hard for employers to follow.

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HR Support for Business
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About Carole Thomson

Following 16 years implementing HR solutions for businesses I founded HR Support for Business. Designed to be a one stop trusted HR Resource centre for small and medium businesses. Working locally or virtually we can be your HR team member when you need us. Or give SMEs access to tried and trusted HR contracts, policies and documentation. A self service HR resource to make it easier for SMEs to manage their people and save time and money in development and management time.

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