Is an employee who intends to return early from adoption leave required to give notice of this?

Yes, an employee who intends to return to work early from adoption leave must give at least eight weeks' notice of the date on which they intend to return.

If an employee attempts to return early without giving the required notice, the employer can postpone their return to a date that secures at least eight weeks' notice, but cannot postpone the return to a date that is after the original return date.