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, and at the same rate as statutory maternity pay, provided that the employee meets the eligibility criteria.
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
The run-up to April is typically a busy time of year for HR professionals, with new employment legislation due to come into force. 2017 is no exception, with the most significant development being the introduction of the gender pay gap reporting duty for larger employers. However, there are a number of other key changes affecting all employers, regardless of their size.
Updated to include the new statutory adoption pay rate and lower earnings limit in force from April 2017.
Updated to include the proposed rate of statutory adoption pay and earnings threshold for 2017/18.
Updated to include the rate of the lower earnings limit for 2017/18.
We discuss the various types of family-friendly leave and who is entitled to what and when.
A table providing the rate of statutory adoption pay.
Additional information on the law on adoption leave and pay for NHS employers. To be read in conjunction with the general information on the law on adoption leave and pay.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to adoption pay.