It is important that all family business owners are aware of these rights and put in place appropriate measures, particularly in smaller businesses, where time away from work could have a significant impact.
What is the guidance?
The guidance follows a change to the law that introduced a right for fathers, partners and civil partners to take time off to attend antenatal appointments from October 2014, and to take time off to attend adoption appointments from 5 April 2015. These rights are subject to an employer's right to refuse to allow the time off where it is reasonable to do so.
The guidance highlights the following important points:
How can we help?
It is important that family businesses and their employees are aware of these rights so that they can be implemented and enforced properly.
As a matter of best practice family business owners should consider implementing and/or updating their policies to reflect the new guidance.
Our team of specialist employment lawyers can prepare a policy that is adapted to your needs and are also on hand to address any specific queries you may have on the guidance.