As an employee you may be allowed time off work for doctor or dentist appointments, for example. Your employer is not legally required to give you time off unless it is stated in your employment contract. Your employer can insist that you make these visits outside work hours, during annual leave or that you make the time up at a later date. Your employer may allow you the time off but without pay.
Check your contract of employment to see what rights you have to take time off for appointments.
If you are pregnant, you are allowed paid time off work for ante-natal care. Read more about this in pregnancy and work.
If you are disabled and your employer will not let you take time off for a medical appointment connected with your disability, they could be breaking the law. Read more about discrimination.
There is no specific legal right for an employee to take time off work for fertility treatment or for In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) but do check your local policies. An employee may request unpaid leave for IVF treatment. An unreasonable refusal of such a request could amount to sex discrimination if the refusal disproportionately disadvantages women and cannot be justified. If your employer will not allow you to have time off for treatment, please contact us. Read more about pregnancy and work.
If you are unable to take time off due to unsustainable pressures at work, you may wish to consider raising this with your line manager in the first instance and if you are unable to resolve the issue please contact us.