Adoption pay

Ashok Kanani

Editor's message: Employers are under no obligation to pay employees their full pay when they are on statutory adoption leave, unless this is provided for contractually. Instead employers must pay eligible employees statutory adoption pay for up to 39 weeks.

The Children and Families Act 2014 brought statutory adoption pay into line with statutory maternity pay by setting it at 90% of normal earnings for the first six weeks in relation to adoption pay periods beginning on or after 5 April 2015.

Ashok Kanani, employment law editor

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