Right to time off for partners to accompany on ante-natal appointments from 1st October 2014
An expectant father or the partner (including same sex) of a pregnant woman will be entitled to take unpaid time off work to accompany the woman to up to 2 of her ante-natal appointments.
“Partner” includes the spouse or civil partner of the pregnant woman and a person (of either sex) in a long term relationship with her.
Employees accompanying the expectant mother to her ante-natal appointments are entitled to unpaid leave for 1 or 2 appointments throughout the pregnancy. The time off is capped at six and a half hours for each appointment, however the employee can request further time off such as annual leave under the normal absence request procedures of their organisation.
An employer is not entitled to ask for any evidence of the ante-natal appointments however, an employer is entitled to ask the employee for a declaration stating the date and time of the appointment, that the employee qualifies for the unpaid time off through his or her relationship with the mother or child, and that the time off is for the purpose of attending an ante-natal appointment with the expectant mother and that the appointment has been made on the advice of a registered medical practitioner, nurse or midwife
An employee gains this right from day 1 of employment, there is no qualifying period.
Agency workers must have been in the same job with the same hirer for 12 weeks in order to qualify.