Adoption

An employee who adopts a child through an approved adoption agency is entitled to up to 52 weeks’ adoption leave from day one of his or her employment.

Shared parental leave enables adopters to commit to ending their adoption leave and pay at a future date, and to share the untaken balance of leave and pay as shared parental leave and pay with their partner. Shared parental leave is available in relation to employees having a child placed for adoption with them on or after 5 April 2015.


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