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.


Parents previously ineligible for ordinary parental leave, with children over five, have become eligible again

Ordinary parental leave from April 2015: what employers need to know

13 Apr 2015

With all the focus on shared parental leave, employers may have missed changes to entitlement to “ordinary” parental leave that...

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Adoption and shared parental leave: eight steps for employers

2 Apr 2015

Many employers will now have their shared parental leave policy to cover birth situations in place. But how does shared...

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April 2015 changes: time off for adoption appointments

2 Apr 2015

While shared parental leave and pay has dominated coverage of the April 2015 employment law changes, the introduction of the...

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