Adoption pay

Bar Huberman

Editor's message: Your organisation is under no obligation to pay employees their full pay when they are on statutory adoption leave. Instead, statutory adoption pay is payable in respect of children newly matched or placed for adoption for up to 39 weeks, provided that the employee meets the eligibility criteria. Statutory adoption pay is paid at the same rate as statutory maternity pay, which increased on 2 April 2017.

You do have the option of paying enhanced adoption pay. This can have several benefits, including helping to make the organisation an employer of choice.

Bar Huberman, senior employment law editor

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