Time off for ante natal appointments

From 1 October 2014, an employee or agency worker who has a "qualifying relationship" with a pregnant woman, or her expected child, will be entitled to take time off during their working hours to accompany the woman to ante natal appointments.

There is no qualifying period of employment for this right, so it will be available to relevant employees from the start of their employment. Agency workers must fulfil certain criteria to have the right to accompany.