Manage an employee who is undergoing IVF treatment

Key points

  • An employee who is undergoing IVF treatment is likely to require time off work at various stages of the treatment. The employer should aim to treat the employee fairly and supportively.
  • The employment rights that apply to the employee while she is undergoing IVF will depend on the stage of the treatment that she has reached, and whether or not she is deemed to be pregnant.
  • Employees undergoing IVF will be protected from discrimination in certain circumstances.
  • The employer should ensure that it understands when the employee has the right to time off in connection with the treatment and should treat all requests for absence consistently and in line with its relevant policies.

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