Employment Review: May 2015 - Family friendly changes

In previous reviews we reported on a number of employment law changes effective as of 5 April, including the availability of Shared Parental Leave and the abolition of Additional Paternity Leave for babies expected or children adopted on or after 5 April. Other, less well-publicised, family friendly changes that also came into force on 5 April 2015 are as follows:

Parental Leave

Adoption Leave

In respect of a child placed for adoption on or after 5 April, there is no longer any length of service requirement to qualify for adoption leave (previously employees needed 26 weeks’ continuous employment), however the requirement for 26 weeks’ service for statutory adoption pay remains.

Statutory Adoption Pay

Availability of adoption appointments

The content of this page is a summary of the law in force at the date of publication and is not exhaustive, nor does it contain definitive advice. Specialist legal advice should be sought in relation to any queries that may arise.