Pregnant employees have legal rights, and this includes paid time off for certain activities. You are allowed to take time off work for antenatal appointments or antenatal and parenting classes. Your employer is breaking the law if they don’t give you time off to go to them. You should be paid at your normal rate for this time off. However, if you’re freelance or an agency worker, you may not be paid for the time off.
Your antenatal appointments are arranged in advance with your midwife, so it’s a good idea to give your employer as much notice as possible of your appointment times so that cover can be arranged if necessary.
The baby’s father or your partner also has the right to get time off to go to the appointments with you, but they don’t have to be paid.
1. Gov.uk [accessed 10 February 2015] ‘Pregnant employees’ rights’ https://www.gov.uk/working-when-pregnant-your-rights
2. Health and Safety Executive [accessed 10 February 2015] ‘New and Expectant Mothers: The law’, London, HSE: http://www.hse.gov.uk/mothers/law.htm .Hide details