UK: Fathers given the right attend antenatal appointments

Fathers have been given the right to take unpaid leave to attend two antenatal appointments with their pregnant partner.

A guide for employers published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) details:

  • eligibility;
  • the amount of time off that can be taken;
  • the employee’s right to redress if a request for time off is refused.

The new rules came into force for employed fathers – or a pregnant woman’s partner – on 1 October 2014.

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