IVF Treatment – My Rights At Work
Posted: Monday June 8 2020
By: Charlotte Ashton
Starting a family is a daunting process and, unfortunately, not everyone will have a straightforward time getting pregnant. Some couples and individuals will need to embark upon IVF treatment which is likely to be an incredibly stressful and emotional experience. Whilst navigating all the requirements of the treatment, you might need to understand how it fits in with work and what your rights are.
IVF Treatment At Work My Rights
Time off for treatment
Employers do not have to give you time off work for any IVF investigations or treatments so you may want to consider discussing with your employer what your plans are and how you can take the time off. Alternatively, if you would prefer your employer did not know your plans, you may need to consider whether you can book time off as annual leave or as time off for medical appointments.
At the point of embryo transfer, you are legally regarded as pregnant and you could inform your employer to ensure you are protected against unfair treatment. This is the protected period. You would then need to confirm your pregnancy, in which case your protection continues, or let your employer know that it has been unsuccessful, in which case your protected period ends two weeks after the negative test or finding that you are not pregnant.