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From 1 October 2014 expectant fathers, or the partner of a pregnant woman (including same sex partners), will be entitled to unpaid time off work to attend up to two antenatal appointments with their partner.

Time off for each appointment is capped at 6.5 hours although employers are of course free to offer more time. 

There is no requirement for the employee to have been employed for any period of time in order to qualify for the right.

Sometimes the father of the child may not be the same person as the partner of the pregnant woman. In these cases both the father and the partner have the right to time off. Equally should a man be a father to two or more children with different partners, he has the right to take time off to attend antenatal appointments with each.

In all cases, the only evidence an employee has to provide in order to claim the time off, is a declaration.

This is intended for general information only and should not be considered as giving advice in relation to any individual case nor be taken as applying to any particular case. No liability is accepted for any such use of the information.


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