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Posted 29 April 2015
by Stephen Jennings

Adoption Changes 6 April 2015

From 6 April 2015 there have been several changes to employment law in relation to adoption law. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to update your policies!

The changes are as follows;

  • adoption leave has become an absolute right like maternity leave. The requirement for 26 weeks’ service before employees become entitled to adoption leave has been abolished;
  • parents who have a child through a surrogacy arrangement are entitled to statutory adoption leave and pay;
  • ‘Fostering for Adoption’ scheme – where parents are fostering through this scheme are entitled to adoption leave and pay too;
  • statutory adoption pay – this has been increased to be brought in line with statutory maternity pay.  Whilst on statutory adoption leave staff will receive 90% of their normal weekly earnings for the first six weeks followed by 33 weeks at the prevailing statutory rate;
  • adoption appointments – a new right for both adoptive parents to attend has been introduced. Single adopters will be able to attend up to five paid appointments and the second person in an adopting couple may attend up to two unpaid appointments; and
  • adoptive parents are now protected against suffering a detriment or being dismissed in relation to exercising their rights.

Please contact our employment team to discuss updating your adoption leave policy.

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About the author

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

Partner in the litigation department specialising in employment law, he is the relationship manager for many of the firm's employment clients