Does an employee due to take paid statutory adoption leave in relation to a child adopted from within the UK still qualify for adoption pay if the employee leaves the employment before the leave is due to start?

To qualify for statutory adoption pay an employee who is adopting a child from within the UK must have been continuously employed for at least 26 weeks ending with the week in which they are notified of having been matched with the child. They must be in employment with the employer at the beginning of that week. As long as the employee meets this and the other eligibility requirements, they will remain entitled to statutory adoption pay if they leave the employment before the leave is due to start.

If the employment terminates, for any reason, before the start of the statutory adoption pay period chosen by the employee, the pay period will begin 14 days before the expected date of placement or, if the termination occurs less than 14 days before that date, on the day immediately following the last day of the employment. In such cases the notification requirements for taking statutory adoption pay do not apply.