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Adoption Appointments

Key Points

  • Section 128 Children and Families Act 2014 introduces new sections 57ZJ – 57ZS into the Employment Rights Act 1996 to provide for the right to paid time off work to attend adoption appointments with effect from 5 April 2015
  • Section 128 makes provision for employed single adopters or employed adoptive couples to take time off to attend up to five appointments relating to the placement of a child for adoption or for ‘Fostering for Adoption’
  • Where there are joint adopters, only one of the adoptive parents is entitled to be paid for the time off and that adoptive parent must elect to take the time off as paid
  • The right to take paid adoption leave extends to agency workers 
  • An employee is not entitled to take time off to attend adoption appointments after the date for the child’s placement for adoption 
  • The maximum amount of time off for each appointment is six and a half hours
  • The adoption appointment must have been arranged by or at the behest of the adoption agency
  • An employee who is unreasonably refused paid time off to attend an adoption appointment or who suffers a detriment in relation to making a request for paid time off may bring a claim to an employment tribunal 

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