Guidance

Antenatal appointments: time off to accompany a pregnant woman

Employers’ guide to the right for employees entitled to take unpaid time off work to accompany a pregnant woman to antenatal appointments.

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We’re aiming to achieve greater involvement from both parents from the earliest stages of pregnancy.

From 1 October 2014, expectant fathers, or the partner of a pregnant woman, will be entitled to take unpaid time off work to attend antenatal appointments with their partner.

This is a guide for employers, including information on:

  • who is entitled
  • how much time an employee can take off
  • an employee’s right to redress if their request for time off is refused
Published 8 September 2014