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According to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, almost 53,000 patients in the UK underwent IVF treatment in 2019. Research has shown one-in-six heterosexual couples are affected by infertility. Combine this with the fact that many women in same-sex relationships may opt for fertility treatment to conceive, as well as those choosing to become single parents via a donor, and it’s clear what a huge number of people the issue of fertility can affect. Yet despite this fact, UK workplaces are currently not required to have a fertility policy.
That, however, may change. A Fertility Treatment (Employment Rights) Bill was recently presented to Parliament. Should it pass, it would give people the right to take time off work to attend fertility appointments, just as they are entitled to do so for antenatal appointments. Under the proposed legislation, employers would also be required to have a workplace fertility policy, covering issues such as time off work for treatment and miscarriage, flexible working options, and access to HR support and counselling.
Whilst there may not be legislation currently in place, there are still things that employers can do to support employees through their fertility treatment. Here, the Occupational Healthcare experts at YourGP reveal what they are…
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If you would like advice from YourGP’s team of Occupational Healthcare experts about creating a supportive environment for your employees going through fertility treatment, make an appointment by calling 0131 225 5656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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