[57ZE Right to time off to accompany to ante-natal appointment]
[57ZE Right to time off to accompany to ante-natal appointment]

[(1)     An employee who has a qualifying relationship with a pregnant woman or her expected child is entitled to be permitted by his or her employer to take time off during the employee's working hours in order that he or she may accompany the woman when she attends by appointment at any place for the purpose of receiving ante-natal care.

(2)     In relation to any particular pregnancy, an employee is not entitled to take time off for the purpose specified in subsection (1) on more than two occasions.

(3)     On each of those occasions, the maximum time off during working hours to which the employee is entitled is six and a half hours.

(4)     An employee is not entitled to take time off for the purpose specified in subsection (1) unless the appointment is made on the advice of a registered medical practitioner, registered midwife or registered nurse.

(5)     Where the employer requests the employee to give the employer a declaration signed by the employee, the employee is not entitled to take time off for the purpose specified in subsection (1) unless the employee gives that declaration (which may be given in electronic form).

(6)     The employee must state in the declaration—

(a)     that the employee has a qualifying relationship with a pregnant woman or her expected child,

(b)     that the employee's purpose in taking time off is the purpose specified in subsection (1),