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Time Off for Antenatal AppointmentsPosted on by Angela Rhodes
From 1st October, 2014, under Part 8 of the new Children and Families Act 2014, those employees and agency workers who are in a “qualifying relationship” with a pregnant woman will have the statutory right to take time off to attend antenatal appointments with the woman. This new legislation provides the statutory right to attend two antenatal appointments – not all of them and they are not entitled to take any more than 6.5 hours off for each appointment. In addition, the appointments must have been made following advice from either a registered medical practitioner, midwife or nurse. A “qualifying relationship” is considered to be:
- The husband, partner or civil partner in the case of a same-sex relationship of the pregnant woman
- The child’s father
- The parent of the child
- Intended parents in a surrogacy situation who meet certain specified conditions.
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