Adoption

Subject to certain criteria most employees are entitled to adoption leave and pay. All employers have a duty to ensure that policies and procedures are compliant with legislative requirements.

The key points which all policies should include are:

  • Eligible employees can take up to 52 weeks adoption leave.
  • To qualify employees must have worked continuously for their employer for 26 weeks ending with the week in which they are notified of being matched with a child for adoption.
  • Employees may be entitled to 39 weeks statutory adoption pay.
  • Employees may take advantage of up to 10 keep in touch days.

Eligible employees can take up to 52 weeks adoption leave, which is 26 weeks Ordinary Adoption Leave and 26 weeks Additional Adoption Leave. In order to qualify for adoption leave, an employee should:

  • Be newly matched with a child for adoption by an adoption agency.
  • Have worked continuously for their employer for 26 weeks ending in which they are notified of being matched with a child for adoption.

Eligibility to adoption pay and leave is for:

  • Individuals who adopt
  • One member of a couple where a couple adopt jointly (the couple must choose which partner takes adoption leave).

The partner of an individual who adopts, or the other member of a couple who are adopting jointly, may be entitled to paternity or additional paternity leave and pay.

Employees are obliged to give their employer certain information in order to have the right to Statutory Adoption Leave and Pay.

To access a copy of our Adoption Leave and Pay Policy template click here.