What rights do employees have in relation to time off work for antenatal care?

Pregnant employees have the right to paid time off to attend appointments for antenatal care on the recommendation of a registered medical practitioner, registered midwife or registered nurse. The employer can ask the employee to show it an appointment card, unless she is requesting time off for her first appointment.

If attendance at the appointment is a matter of personal choice for the employee and is not on the advice of a registered medical practitioner, registered midwife or registered nurse, there is no obligation on the employer to give paid time off.

Employees also have the right to time off to accompany a pregnant woman to up to two antenatal care appointments, if the employee is the father of the baby, or the partner of the pregnant woman. There is no right to be paid for this time off and the employee can take a maximum of six and a half hours for each appointment, unless the employer allows more time.