New Acas guidance on time off for antenatal appointments

Acas has published new guidance in the “Advice and Guidance” section of its website on time off for antenatal appointments.

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• Pregnant employees are entitled to reasonable paid time off for antenatal care.
• Fathers and partners of pregnant women are entitled to unpaid time off to attend two ante-natal appointments.
• Time off is capped at six and a half hours for each appointment.
• Adopters are allowed paid time off for adoption appointments.
• Surrogacy parents will be allowed unpaid time off for two antenatal visits.

For pregnant employees, “reasonable time off” will be up to 10 antenatal appointments for a first baby, and about 7 antenatal appointments for subsequent babies.

In the case of adopters, the main adopter will be able to take paid time off for up to 5 adoption appointments, whilst the secondary adopter will be entitled to take unpaid time off for up to 2 adoption appointments.

In the case of surrogacy, the right to 2 unpaid antenatal appointments will also apply to employees who will become parents through a surrogacy arrangement, provided that they satisfy the conditions for, and intend to apply for, a Parental Order.

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