Time off to accompany a pregnant woman to ante-natal appointments
This new right will be available to employees and qualifying agency workers. It applies to the pregnant woman’s husband, civil partner or partner (including same-sex partner), the father or parent of a pregnant woman’s child, and intended parents in a surrogacy situation who meet specified conditions.
The entitlement is to unpaid leave for up to two appointments, capped at 6.5 hours per appointment. Employees will have the right to bring claims in the Employment Tribunal if their employer unreasonably refuses to let them take time off for this purpose.
Employers can offer provision more generous than the statutory entitlement and also decide to make the leave paid, if they wish to do so.
A similar right for adopters will come into force in April 2015.