New guidance for adopting parents

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has published a guidance document addressing changes to statutory adoption leave and pay that came into effect on 5 April 2015.

There are four key changes.

  • The requirement for employees to have continuous service to be eligible for statutory adoption leave has been removed, making adoption a ‘day 1 right.’
  • The first six weeks of statutory adoption pay are now paid at the earnings-related rate.
  • New groups of parents, such as intended parents in surrogacy arrangements, and foster parents now qualify for adoption leave and pay, and
  • adopters will be entitled to take time off work to attend adoption meetings.

The document is available on the BIS website and is called Changes to Adoption Leave and Pay from 5 April 2015: Technical Guidance For Employers. Click here: link

Posted by: Clare Nicolaou Employment lawyer,  Novalex Solicitors

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