Employment Law Rights for those Undergoing Fertility Treatment
The number of women undergoing in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) has been steadily increasing for a number of years – this is due in part to an increasing tendency for women to delay starting a family. Whilst most employers understand their obligations to pregnant women in general, IVF treatment can remain a grey area for many employers.
Fertility treatment and employment is now a topic that employers can no longer afford to ignore and this article looks at the employment law rights for those undergoing fertility treatment and reminds us how the protected period starts at the point that fertilised eggs are implanted.
Whilst the article is more directed towards the employee, it highlights the key questions surrounding this topic and acknowledges the importance of the employee informing the employer early on in the process if they intend to embark on this form of treatment.
If you have any questions regarding this topic please do not hesitate to contact Katie Eastwell on a confidential basis.