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Time off for fertility treatment

There is no stand-alone statutory right to take leave for in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment.

Employers should deal appropriately and sensitively with requests for time off for fertility treatment.

Infertility is a medical condition and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a form of treatment. Time off for appointments where the employee is not signed off can be dealt with in the same way as time off for other medical appointments.

Any treatments resulting from these appointments should be treated as sickness absence. 

For the purpose of entitlement to employment rights for pregnant employees, a woman is "pregnant" from the point in the treatment when the fertilised ova are implanted in her uterus.  

Please refer to our guidance on "Maternity pay and leave" and "Time off for ante-natal appointments"

Page Published: 16/06/2015
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