8.2 Adoption

When a couple adopts a child, one of the couple (which includes civil partners) is entitled to adoption leave, provided they have been employed by that employer for at least 26 weeks. The other may be able to claim paternity leave.

Like maternity leave, adoption leave, which can last up to 52 weeks, is divided into ordinary adoption leave (OAL) and additional adoption leave (AAL), and in a similar way, the employee’s rights continue just as they do during OML.  Again, statutory adoption pay (SAP) is payable for 39 weeks.