Fertility treatment and employment rights

Westminster Hall debate

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On Tuesday 1 November 2022, Nickie Aiken MP led a Westminster Hall debate on fertility treatment and employment rights.

Introducing the topic, she gave the following statement:

“Unlike employment legislation for pregnancy, maternity and paternity antenatal care, employers have no requirement to give time off work for fertility treatment or any initial consultation. Many employers put fertility treatment in their workplace policies under the same category as cosmetic surgery.” 
“Juggling treatment and work is very tough and many people feel they cannot tell their employer for fear of being overlooked for promotion, having major projects taken off them, or being made redundant. In 2022, no one should have to choose between having a child and their career.”
“I am delighted to have secured the Westminster Hall debate on fertility treatment and employment rights. I hope the debate will shine a spotlight on fertility matters in the workplace and be the catalyst for change to support everyone going through it.”
Nickie Aiken MP

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