The National Minimum wage for increases for employees, workers and apprentices on 1 October 2014.

The rate per hour is increasing as follows:

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Time off to accompany a pregnant woman to antenatal appointments

From 1 October 2014 certain employees will be able to take time off to accompany a pregnant woman to antenatal appointments. This will include intended parents under parental order and adopters.

As part of the enhanced rights for families, if there is a qualifying relationship with the pregnant woman or woman or her expect child, an employee will be able to take time off work to attend antenatal care appointments. There is no qualifying period of employment and up to two appointments can be taken unpaid.

The rights will apply to husbands, civil partners, fathers, a person living with the women but who is not a relative, a parent of the expected child or a potential application for a parental order. This group includes an intended parent supporting a surrogate mother.

The time off is limited to appointments lasting less than 6.5 hours. Employees will also be protected from the request being unreasonably refused, being subjected to a detriment as a result of exercising their rights and from being dismissed.

The second part of the enhanced rights for families, time off for adoption appointments and shared parental leave, will be available from 5 April 2015.