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Friday, March 6th 2009, 2:13pm

Employers need set policies in place to deal with employees under going fertility treatment

Ladies, not sure if this petition has been posted on here but we have until 11th June 2009 to sign.

This is what the petition is for.

One in seven couples seek medical help for infertility. The treatment can be time consuming, expensive and traumatic, but getting time off from work is often difficult for both men and woman. Currently in the UK there is no legal obligation to give an employee paid time off to undergo fertility treatment. Fertility treatment although not a sickness issue is a health issue and is therefore something employers should be concerned about. Allowing employees paid time off for fertility treatment means they are more likely to be loyal, motivated and effective members of the workforce. Undergoing treatment is stressful and can be traumatic. Having a sensitive and supportive policy (separate from a sick leave policy) is likely to reduce sickness absence, staff turnover and improve productivity. The government should be working with employers and Trade unions to have a set policy in place across all employers, so that employees are treated fairly and no unnecessary stress is caused.

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Friday, March 6th 2009, 2:24pm

Done!

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Friday, March 6th 2009, 2:43pm

RE: Employers need set policies in place to deal with employees under going fertility treatment

THAT'S ME SIGNED TOO.

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Friday, March 6th 2009, 6:07pm

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Friday, March 6th 2009, 6:16pm

Done.

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Saturday, March 7th 2009, 8:37am

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Saturday, March 7th 2009, 9:04am

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Saturday, March 7th 2009, 9:45am

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Saturday, March 7th 2009, 10:16am

Me too

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Saturday, March 7th 2009, 1:13pm

and me

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Saturday, March 7th 2009, 2:47pm

signed :D

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Saturday, March 7th 2009, 9:32pm

done xx

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Sunday, March 8th 2009, 8:36am

Done!

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Sunday, March 8th 2009, 9:18am

Done - this is a fab idea, my employers treat fertility treatment the same as they treat cosmetic surgery (unpaid time off or holidays)

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Sunday, March 8th 2009, 6:28pm

Done!

The other big problem is that it is actually very difficult to tell your employer that you want to have children, for exampe with my employer they quietly asked me not to have kids in the next 5 years, well I am 31yo !!!! If I tell them that I want kids they ll just find a reason to finish my contract!! Have a guess where do I work, NHS is a right answer!

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Sunday, March 8th 2009, 7:39pm

RE: Employers need set policies in place to deal with employees under going fertility treatment

done!

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Monday, March 9th 2009, 10:57pm

I totally agree with this motion!!

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Tuesday, March 10th 2009, 4:08pm

signed

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Tuesday, March 10th 2009, 6:18pm

RE: Employers need set policies in place to deal with employees under going fertility treatment

Done.

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Tuesday, March 10th 2009, 6:44pm

RE: Employers need set policies in place to deal with employees under going fertility treatment

Signed! :happy:

I work for a veterinary practice as a veterinary nurse and I must say they have been very understanding. My shifts are fitted around clinic appointments and now that I have had IUI I have been moved to duties that won't make me stressed or exposed to anaesthetic agents etc.

I just hope it continues! End of my 2ww 19th March :O

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Wednesday, March 11th 2009, 7:38pm

RE: Employers need set policies in place to deal with employees under going fertility treatment

done :D

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Thursday, March 12th 2009, 5:07pm

I can't get the link to work but will check back and sign.
I had a terrible time last year with my employer. In fact, I cite that as the number one source of my stress when we first went through ICSI.
I worked for the NHS who also funded my treatment, however said they didn't recognise fertility treatments and refused me time off. They compared what I was doing to someone opting for a cosmetic nose job!
I was told I could take holidays but when it came to it, I was refused and told to go off sick.
When I did go off sick, I got berated for that too.
So everyone at work knew my business which felt quite humiliating to say the least.
I left my job in October for partially this reason amongst others.
When I completed a questionnaire they sent me, I told them exactly what they needed to do help us unlucky ones whose right it is to expect a family life - a basic human right.
I had also written to my MP and only got a reply afew weeks ago which was not helpful and basically avoided the issue.

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Saturday, March 14th 2009, 4:18pm

Done xxx

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Saturday, March 14th 2009, 4:41pm

I will definitely sign it. My boss is also being very unpleasant about all the infertility investigations that I have to endure at the mo. He has even had the cheek to send me to occupational health as I told him I didn't want to change jobs at the mo as I'm undergoing a lot of stress. Guess what I work as a primary teacher and I am in charge of personal and social education - we are suppose to look after the welfare of children! We can't even do that for our staff!

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Saturday, March 14th 2009, 7:11pm

Signed.

I haven't built up the courage to tell my boss yet, only been there 15 months and at present we are going through redundancies so worried if I tell them that I am ttc they will make me redundant!!!!

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Monday, March 16th 2009, 2:37pm

all signed. I am taking it as annual leave.

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Monday, March 23rd 2009, 5:47pm

Even though my work have been very understaning through all of this and were very good to me when i was suffering with OHSS, i still think policies need to be put into place to do with all of this, in some ways i was lucky that this wasnt the first time my work place has delt with IVF so had an idea of what was needed. Also my managers SIL is going through IVF so has an understanding on that side of things. But am fuuly aware that not all employers are that understanding!

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Monday, March 23rd 2009, 6:40pm

I think this policy would be great. I do have a very understanding Manager but I know that there are plenty of other people who don't have an easy time trying to get time off. It's an added stress that none of us need!

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Tuesday, March 24th 2009, 7:21pm

sorry, only just seen this - all signed and DH too xx

This post has been edited 1 times, last edit by "I'm hopeful" (Mar 24th 2009, 7:23pm)





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