Maternity rights at work, anyone clued up?

    Morning all. Im currently 32 and a half weeks pregnant and i work part time. I plan on leaving work 1 week before my due date.

    I am working evenings at the moment between 5 and 10pm but im looking to change my hours to work mornings 11-3 as im completely knackard!

    If my shift change is granted (which it should be) my shifts will then clash with midwife appointments and a growth scan the hospital have booked me in for.

    I am aware i am entitled to paid time off for antenatal appointments, my questions is, can my emplyers say i need to take paid leave as the time off or that i have to change my shift or work my shift after the appointment?

    Cant find anything online about it, all it seems to say is im entitled to paid time off.

    My employers are a bunch of idiots so i want to know where i stand before i start requesting the time off!

    Thanks in advance!


    As you are changing your shifts for your health reasons, which I assume you are, then you are entitled to paid time off for your visits to the midwife/ for the scan.
    The reason is that your appointments are allocated, and it is deemed that the appointments are not made around your working life.

    Most companies will, if yo are part time employed, ask that you do try to organise your appoinments around your working, but cannot stop you attending if you cannot. This is merely a request.

    Hope that helpa a wee bit.
    Edited by: "Slapchops" 16th Sep 2010

    no they can't.…753…556

    Time off for antenatal care

    All pregnant employees, however long they have been in their jobs, are entitled to reasonable time off work for antenatal care. Any time off must be paid at your normal rate of pay. It is unlawful for your employer to refuse to give you reasonable time off for ante-natal care or to pay you at your normal rate of pay.

    Your employer can ask for evidence of antenatal appointments from the second appointment onwards. If asked you should show your employer a medical certificate showing you're pregnant and an appointment card or some other written evidence of your appointment.

    Antenatal care may include relaxation or parent craft classes as well as medical examinations, if these are recommended by your doctor. If you can, try to avoid taking time off work when you can reasonably arrange classes or examinations outside working hours.
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