Do I have to give time off for employee medical appointments?

Employees do not have a statutory right to time off for medical appointments but it may be included in their terms and conditions in the Employment Contract.

You may consider asking employees to get ‘end of the day’ appointments if an out of working hours appointment is not available.  This will cause minimal disruption.  It is at your discretion to pay for this time off or not.

Any employees that are pregnant have a right to be paid for a reasonable amount of time off to attend antenatal appointments.  This can include relaxation classes and parent craft classes.

Unfortunately for expectant fathers, they have no right to paid time off but are entitled to take time off to accompany wife/partner to up to two antenatal appointments.

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