At a time where women are choosing to delay starting a family questions have arisen regarding time off for fertility treatment.
So what rights does an employee have in respect of time off for fertility treatment?
Well, there are no statutory rights to time off for fertility treatment.
However, some employers are now choosing to adopt a policy along these lines:
- Permit employees to take up to (two/three/five) days leave in any one year to undergo fertility treatment. This applies equally to the partner
- To qualify for time off under the policy, the employee must have a minimum of (6 months/12 months/2 years – see above) continuous service
- Time off can be paid or unpaid at the discretion of the Company
- Any time require beyond this, can be taken as annual leave
The Employee needs to:
- Inform their Line Manager when treatment has been confirmed
- Provide a statement from a qualified medical practitioner that fertility treatment has been recommended and approved
- At the request of the Line Manager, produce an appointment card for each occasion on which time off is requested
- Try, where possible, to arrange appointments at times that will cause the minimum amount of inconvenience to the Company
- Give as much notice as possible of the days on which time off is required
All information provided to the Line Manager is to be treated in confidence and in line with the Data Protection Act.
Rue Harries BA, Chartered MCIPD, REC
Head of HR Services
T: 01206 865464 M: 07811962979
E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.harrieshr.co.uk