What Are an Employer’s Obligations to Employees Undergoing IVF Treatment?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 6 September 2022
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Discrimination/Equality; IVF; Sickness and Absence

Currently, there is no legal right for time off work for fertility treatment, but any sickness should be treated like any other sickness if unable to work. There are pregnancy rights once you have had the last part of the IVF process (embryo transfer) and might become pregnant.

At the moment the UK follows the IVF and assisted conception policy which outlines the support available to employees who are undergoing, or who are companions to individuals undergoing, treatment associated with IVF. However, new legislation is underway. A campaign for change in employment law was presented to Parliament “Fertility Treatment (Employment Rights) Bill”. Under the proposed legislation, employers would

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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