Additional Paternity Leave Package (Overseas Adoption)

March 2011

In April 2011 the Additional Paternity Leave (Adoptions from Overseas) Regulations 2010 will take effect and qualifying employees who have adopted a child from overseas will be able to take a period of Additional Paternity Leave (APL) of up to 26 weeks. However, the qualifying employee can only take APL if that employee’s spouse, partner or civil partner has not taken their full adoption leave entitlement. So, in effect, the period of adoption leave entitlement can now be shared between both partners.

Simply-docs has created a new Paternity Leave Policy (Overseas Adoption) and a set of documents for use when an employee wishes to take a period of APL as they have adopted a child from overseas. When the child has been adopted from within Great Britain please use our package of documents entitled; Additional Paternity Leave (Adoption within Great Britain).

The new policy applies to an employee who is married to, or the civil partner or partner of, an adopter whose child enters Great Britain on or after 3 April 2011. The Policy covers both Ordinary Paternity Leave and Additional Paternity Leave but the rules for Ordinary Paternity Leave have not changed. The Additional Paternity Leave (Overseas Adoption) package also includes the new template letters, leave notices and declarations shown to the right.

The contents of this Newsletter are for reference purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Independent legal advice should be sought in relation to any specific legal matter.

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