The burgundy book is 20 years out of date. When it is updated, the chances are that paid leave for fertility treatment will be included.
A GP will sign an employee off work without hesitation for an entire cycle of fertility treatment, which including the two week wait (post embryo transfer) can be up to 8 weeks in time.
An unsupportive employer who deducts half days of pay for when a member of their staff is out at appointments could be the same employer who is faced with having to find cover for 8 weeks instead of 5 afternoons over the duration of 8 weeks.
According to a recent study by the University College London ‘the teaching profession is currently in the midst of a crisis’ due to a lack of teachers. From this study it was found that teachers’ wellbeing and mental health is ‘worse than ever before’.