Check that an employee's adoption leave/pay notice complies with the requirements in relation to an adoption from within the UK

Key points

  • To exercise the right to statutory adoption leave, an employee must give the employer notice of his or her intention to take adoption leave within seven days of being notified of the match for adoption. The notice must contain specified information about the expected timing of the adoption and the adoption leave period.
  • To exercise his or her right to statutory adoption pay, the employee's notice must include additional specified information and a declaration that the employee has chosen to receive statutory adoption pay and not statutory paternity pay. The time frame for providing notice in relation to statutory adoption pay is different to that for statutory adoption leave, but in practice employees are likely to give one notice in relation to both.
  • The employer should check the notice to determine if it complies with the statutory requirements.

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