Time off for partners to attend ante-natal and adoption appointments

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From 1 October 2014, expectant partners (male or female) are entitled to attend up to two unpaid ante-natal appointments with their pregnant partner. Employers should update their policies to incorporate this new statutory right.

From 5 April 2015, there will be a new right for employees proposing to adopt a child to take time off to attend up to five adoption appointments. The time off must be paid where the employee is adopting the child on their own. If the employee is adopting jointly then one of the parents may elect to receive the time off as paid and the other will be entitled to take the time off as unpaid. Again, this change will require an update to employer’s adoption policies.