Adoption

Understand your rights to leave and pay on the adoption of a child.

  • Your rights during adoption leave

    While you are on adoption leave, you continue to benefit from all of your rights and benefits (except remuneration) as though you were at work. You can read our article on statutory adoption pay to help you work out what kind of pay you can get while on adoption leave. This article will clarify what […]

  • Statutory Adoption Pay

    Find out about the rules relating to Adoption Pay

  • Adoption Leave: Redundancy, Detriment, Dismissal and Remedies

    This advice applies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. If you live in another part of the UK, the law may differ. Please call our helpline for more details. If you have further questions and would like to contact our advice team please use our advice contact form below or call us. Advice contact […]

  • Rights for Surrogate Parents

    Your rights to time off as a surrogate parent

  • FAQs – working during Maternity, Adoption or Shared Parental Leave

    Can I work while on Maternity/Adoption/Shared parental leave? Yes and No! If you receive Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) or Maternity Allowance (MA) then you can work up to 10 Keeping in Touch (KIT) days for your employer. If you receive Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) you can work up to 20 Shared Parental […]

  • Adoption Leave

    Who can take adoption leave? Have you recently been matched with a child? Find out the rules on adoption leave.

  • Flexible working for parents and carers of disabled children

    The right to request flexible working for parents and carers of disabled children are the same as parents of non-disabled children. An employee with 26 weeks of service with the same employer has the right to make a request to work flexibly. The employer has three months to respond (although this can be extended by […]

  • Frequently asked questions about health and safety after maternity leave

    Do I have any health and safety rights when I go back to work? I had an emergency caesarean at 34 weeks but my baby was stillborn. I’ve had my 26 weeks maternity leave and I’m back at work as a care assistant but I am in pain and it’s hard to lift the patients. […]

  • Myth of the month: Do I have to work on a bank holiday?

    It’s up to your employer to decide whether or not you have to work on bank holidays. There is no general legal right to time off on bank holidays, whether or not they are in the school holidays and regardless of what festivals you celebrate.  And there is no general legal right to extra-pay if you do work […]

  • Getting into Work

    What sort of job or training should you choose?  Where to find jobs: Filling in application forms and writing CVs: Going for Interviews: Access to Work What sort of job or training should you choose? Think about work you’ve done in the past, your interests especially those which could be used in the workplace and […]