Editor's message: Employers are 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.
Employers 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, employment law editor
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The statutory rate of pay for employees on adoption leave. It is subject to the employee's average earnings meeting the lower earnings limit.
A table listing the national insurance lower earnings limit.
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.
The law on adoption pay, including eligibility for statutory adoption pay (SAP), period of payment of statutory adoption pay, keeping-in-touch days and recovery of statutory adoption pay.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to adoption pay.