Adoption Leave gives parents of adopted children the time off work to prepare for their new lifestyle. Adoption Leave is 52 weeks which is broken down into 26 Ordinary Adoption Leave and 26 Additional Adoption Leave. You may be eligible to attend 5 appointments as paid time off. Although only one parent can use the Adoption Leave, your partner may get Shared Parental Leave if your child was placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015. The Adoption Leave may start 2 weeks before the adopted child moves into your home, or the day the child is born (if you used a surrogate mother).
Adoption Rights (sometimes referred to as Adoption Rights UK) include Statutory Adoption Pay. This is 90% of your average weekly income for the first 6 weeks and then £139 per week or 90% of your average weekly income (whichever is lower) for the next 33 months. Although your company may offer you more money if they have a particular scheme set in place, they cannot legally offer you any less.
Adoption Leave can be difficult to understand and often hard to calculate. At Bloomsbury Law, we appreciate that you are exceptionally busy preparing for your new adoption and have a lot your mind. We look forward to listening to all your queries and advising you accordingly. We will take you through the process step-by-step to make sure everything is ready for your adoption.
What do I do next?
Contact us online or speak to one of our top employment solicitors on 0207 998 7777 for a free initial consultation. With our vast experience in the field, our employment law team will work with you to ensure this process runs as smooth as possible. All information you provide us with is treated with the utmost confidentiality.
We will contact you no later than the next working day to arrange a meeting at our offices in London W1 to advise on the agreement.