When is an employee entitled to receive statutory adoption pay?

To receive statutory adoption pay, an employee must be the person with whom a child is placed or expected to be placed for adoption. They must have average weekly earnings of at least the lower earnings limit for national insurance purposes, and have been continuously employed for a minimum of 26 weeks ending with the week in which notification of the adoptive match occurs. Where the employee is one of a couple jointly adopting the child they must have chosen to receive statutory adoption pay rather than statutory paternity pay.

Where the child is being adopted from overseas, the employee must have been continuously employed for a minimum of 26 weeks ending with the week in which they are sent official notification from the relevant UK authority that they are eligible to adopt a child from overseas, or ending with the week in which the statutory adoption pay period is to begin, whichever is later.