Adoption pay and leave is available to those people who:
o Adopt individually
o Is one member of an adoption couple who are adopting jointly, but the couple must decide who takes adoption leave.
o The other partner of the couple who is adopting jointly may be entitled to paternity leave and pay.
Employees should show documentation to their employer to confirm they have the right to Statutory Adoption Leave. This documentation would normally be a matching certificate from the adoption agency, this adoption agency MUST be recognised in the UK.
Statutory adoption leave normally starts:
o From the date the child starts living with the employee.
o Up to 14 days before the expected date of adoption.
It is the responsibility of an employee to notify their employer within 7 days of being advised they have been matched with a child, if this is not possible they must notify as soon as possible.
Some companies may offer adoption leave and pay which are better than the statutory scheme this may be part of the terms and conditions of your contract. If the employee qualifies it will be payable for a total of 39 weeks.
Shared Parental Leave
This is a new right that is available to eligible fathers, partners, mothers and adopters which allows the couple to share their time off. This potentially means that a mother or adopter can share the leave with her partner which allows part of the time to be used now and then resume leave at a later date.
These regulations are due to come into force on 01 December 2014, the other option is to use Shared Parental leave rights and only apply to those that meet the criteria, this is where the baby is due to be born after 05 April 2015 and children that are placed for adopted after that date.
Statutory Adoption Pay
From 7 April 2013 the rate of statutory adoption pay is £136.78 per week. From 6 April 2014 the rate will increase to £138.18.
Keeping in Touch Days
Both employer and employee should agree how and when contact will be made this can be by telephone, email or another form of contact. Employees will also agree if they will work their keeping in touch days as these can be used for training & team events.
Up to 10 of keeping in touch days can be worked but there has to be an agreement between both parties employee and employer about payment, statutory adoption pay may be paid or set against your contract agreement.