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  • Employment - Acknowledgement of notification of adoption leave letter
    Acknowledgement of notification of adoption leave letterYou must formally respond in writing to an employee who has notified an intention to take adoption leave. If you fail to do so, you can't complain if the employee then returns early from adoption leave without letting you know in advance.Formal acknowledgementOnce an employee formally notifies you that they are proposing to take adoption leave, you then have 28 days to respond to their notification of their leave plans. You need to write to the employee,...
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  • Employment - Reply to request for early return from adoption leave
    Reply to request for early return from adoption leave This letter may be used by an employer where an employee gives notice that they wish to return early from adoption leave. If insufficient notice is given, you may choose to accept the date for early return, but you are not obliged to do so and you can postpone the employee's return until the notice requirement has been satisfied or until adoption leave ends, whichever is earlier. Legal positionUnder the statutory provisions, an employee who intends to return...
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  • Employment - Letter notifying change to adoption leave dates
    Letter notifying change to adoption leave datesThis letter may be used where an employee wishes to change the start date of their adoption leave. The letter must be sent within 28 days of the employee's notice to change the start date and sets out the new adoption leave end date.  Employee changing start dateYou can require any notice to change the adoption leave start date to be in writing. An employee can change their date if they give 28 days' notice of the new start date. If insufficient notice is given,...
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  • Employment - Adoption leave checklist
    Adoption leave checklist This checklist sets out the main issues to be considered by an employer when an employee wishes to take adoption leave. Adoption appointmentsNote that prospective adopters who have been notified that an adoptive child is (or is expected) to be placed with the family for adoption are also entitled to time off to attend adoption appointments. As a statutory minimum, the main adopter is entitled to paid time off to attend up to five adoption appointments. The co-adopter is entitled to...
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  • Employment - Job vacancy letter during parent-related leave
    Job vacancy letter during parent-related leaveEnsure that you notify all employees who are absent on parent-related leave of any internal job vacancies that might arise within your business and give them the opportunity to apply. Our letter ensures you provide them with all the necessary information and you can adapt it to suit the role available.Maternity leaveThe Equality Act 2010 protects employees against discrimination because of pregnancy and maternity leave. If an employee who's absent on maternity leave...
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  • Employment - Maternity leave or adoption leave curtailment notice
    Maternity leave or adoption leave curtailment noticeFor either parent or adopter to be eligible for shared parental leave (SPL) and statutory shared parental pay (ShPP), the mother or adopter must have ended their entitlement to maternity or adoption leave and pay early, either by serving a curtailment notice or by returning to work early. Our curtailment notice enables employees to comply with the statutory provisions. All of the 52 weeks, bar the two-week period of compulsory maternity leave after birth, or...
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  • Employment - Adoption leave request form
    Adoption leave request formBoth male and female employees are entitled to take adoption leave and may be entitled to statutory adoption pay where they adopt a new child. However, only one partner is eligible to take adoption leave and they must provide you with essential information in order to take it.Adoption leave entitlementEmployees benefit from a number of statutory "family-friendly" rights, including the right to adoption leave. Adoption leave is available to individuals who adopt, or one partner of a...
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