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Fathers Gain Right to Attend Antenatal AppointmentsWritten on October 2, 2014 by Maxine Guest

In addition to the changes in the national minimum wage, from 1st October there are new time-off rules to attend ante-natal appointments for the partners of pregnant women.

An expectant father or the partner (including same sex) of a pregnant woman is now entitled to take time off work to accompany a pregnant woman to ante-natal appointments.  This is not all ante-natal appointments, only two appointments and it is expected that the time off will be no more than half a day (with a cap of 6.5 hours).

The entitlement is to take time off, but not paid time-off so you can therefore make a deduction from an employee’s pay (or agree with them to make up the hours another time).

There is no qualifying period and the employee is entitled to the time off from day one of employment.

If you would like more advice regarding this issue, please contact us or contact Maxine Guest directly.

 

 

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