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Are employees entitled to take time off for pregnancy related appointments?

Yes. A pregnant employee has a right to paid time off for ante-natal care. This can include parenting and relaxation classes if she has been told by their doctor or midwife that they are needed. She should not be asked to make up any time taken.

You cannot unreasonably refuse a pregnant employee time off, however you can ask for evidence of any of the appointments (except the first one), such as a doctor’s letter or an NHS appointment card.

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