I just got my first midwife appointment through with all the info, and I just realised how many scan and midwife appointments there are to get to, even if pregnancy is uncomplicated. I haven't told work yet so I'm not sure what my rights are - do these all have to be taken as annual leave or unpaid? I'm in the UK.
Am not an employment expert but my understanding is that we are entitled to paid leave for maternity-related appointments (this may be limited to 'reasonable' but am not sure). I've signed up to NCT antenatal classes and fortunately these are in the evening but I fully intend to make use of the paid leave rule for scans and midwife appointments. In fact, I've told my boss I won't be working at all next Thursday afternoon when I have my first scan, despite it only really taking an hour or so. They've had more than their pound of flesh in the past from me!
I don't know if it's a company thing or a national thing but my company has a Maternity Policy which includes being allowed "reasonable time off" for antenatal care, and it includes things like NCT classes.
Pity I work shifts and their idea of "reasonable time off" is to change my shifts around so that my appointments are on my days off or giving me a night shift if my appointment is in the afternoon!
You are entitled to paid time off for maternity appointments. It only applies after you've told your employers though so unless you tell them before you're 12 weeks, you'll have to take the booking in appointment and first scan as unpaid or annual leave.
When I was expecting Harvey my boss reckoned reasonable time off was the length of time it took you to get there, have the appt and get back, rather than to do with the number of appointments IYKWIM.
Once you have told them you get reasonale time off. So time off to get there have the appointment and get back. Obviously you coulodnt take a day off for a scan but depending on where you live compared to work and the hospital. That would be reasonable
Thanks guys, much clearer to me now. I was seeing all my annual leave disappearing before my eyes ....
Perhaps its a good reason to tell my boss before first mw and scan appointments. I work at the hospital though so not much travelling time needed to get to a scan! x
My manager looked at me a little funny when I asked for two vacation days in January, and suggested that I could take sick days if needed (ie I think he suspects something but I haven't told my work yet)
But after our scan on Jan 27 I will definitely tell them (if good news) and then hopefully taking time off won't count as vacation time..
reasonable time off is in fact time to get there, time to wait, time for appointment and time to get back. although my boss cheekily said to me try and make it as late in the day as possible which they are not allowed to do so i would book it for 4/430 so leave at 3.30 they were always running extremely late by the end of the day so a 4pm appointment would be seen at 4.40 be in there for the "full 15mins" takes it round to 4.55 takes half an hour to get back to work so would say to them well is it worth me comng back for 5 mins? nope k see you tomorrow! my bosses were really really horrible though so once i left that place each day i would run for the hills lol, i was their first pregnant employee and they took me to one side and said right you can have time off for appointments but you have to make the time up for the whole time you are out of the office, really you want me to make the time up? yes. please consult your lawyer in the basic legal rights i have in my pregnancy before dragging me for a meeting about something you clearly have not researched properly. an hour later. he he ha ha its funny isnt it when mistakes happen he he ha ha you dont need to make the time up after all he he ha ha no harm done - hmmm and no didnt go back there after mat leave lol
I was just going to tell them it was a doctors appointment which you are allowed time off for but it is an inconvenient time so I have taken a half day. I will say I have an appointment or again take a half or full day. To be honest I don't mind taking leave for these as I will be leaving half way through the year and still be owed by full years holiday entitlement. I will make full use of the paid time off when I have told them after 13 weeks.
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