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Adoption leave

Updating author: Kalpana Murthy

Summary

  • An employee who is notified that he or she has been newly matched with a child for adoption, or who is one of a couple who are jointly notified that they have been matched with a child for adoption, has the conditional right to take up to 26 weeks' ordinary adoption leave, followed immediately by up to 26 weeks' additional adoption leave. The right to statutory adoption leave is also available to an employee who has adopted, or who is one of a couple who have adopted, a child from overseas. (See The right to statutory adoption leave (adoption within the UK) and The right to statutory adoption leave (adoption from overseas))
  • The adoption leave period may begin from the date of the child's placement for adoption (whether this is earlier or later than expected), or from a predetermined date which can be up to 14 days before the expected date of placement. In the case of a child adopted from overseas, the adoption leave period may begin on the date the child enters Great Britain or from a predetermined date that is no later than 28 days after this date. (See Timing of adoption leave)
  • Where agreed between the employer and employee, the employee can carry out up to 10 days' work for the employer during the adoption leave period without bringing the adoption leave to an end. (See Work during the adoption leave period)
  • Employees have the right not to be victimised, dismissed, selected for redundancy or subjected to any other detriment for exercising their right to paternity or adoption leave, or for questioning or challenging their employer's alleged infringement of that right. (See Dismissal and victimisation)

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