University Adoption Leave and Pay

Adoption leave and pay are separate entitlements. They have the same length of service eligibility criteria until 5th April 2015.

Leave

Employees matched with a child on or after 5th April 2015 are entitled to take up to one year/52 weeks' adoption leave regardless of length of service with the University comprising 26 weeks Ordinary Adoption Leave and a further 26 weeks Additional Adoption Leave, although payment will only be for part of that (see below).

If you were matched on or after the 1 January 2014 and before the 5th April 2015 and you have been employed continuously by the University for a period of 26 weeks or more leading into the matching week (the week in which the adoptive parent receives notification that they have been matched with a child for adoption), you may take a maximum of 52 weeks' leave, comprising 26 weeks Ordinary Adoption Leave and a further 26 weeks Additional Adoption Leave, although payment will only be for part of that (see below).

Pay

If you qualify for Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP), this will be payable for up to 39 weeks. For placements after 5th April 2015 the statutory rate will be increasing in line with Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), the first 6 weeks will be paid at 90% of your average weekly earnings before tax and the remaining 33 weeks at the statutory flat rate. The University Adoption Pay is detailed below.

If you qualify for Statutory Adoption Pay, you will also be entitled to enhanced University Adoption Pay (UAP).  

If you have been working at the University for 26 weeks or more leading into the matching week and you earn above the lower earnings level, you will be eligible for the University Adoption Pay at:
8 weeks full pay inclusive of Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP)2, then 
16 weeks at half pay plus SAP, then
15 weeks at either SAP or a rate equal to 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower), then
13 weeks unpaid leave
If you have been working at the University for 26 weeks or more leading into the matching week and you earn under the lower earnings level, you will be eligible for the University Adoption Pay at:
8 weeks full pay (less deductions for benefits paid by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Please note you are required to notify your HR Business Partner of any payments you receive from DWP), then
16 weeks at half pay (subject to a maximum of full pay when combined with payments from DWP), then
15 weeks of benefits from DWP (if eligible)
13 weeks unpaid leave

If you have less than 26 weeks continuous service leading to the matching week you will not be eligible for Adoption Pay.  Please contact your adoption agency for information on eligibility for other allowances.

In a case where more than one child is placed for adoption at the same time, entitlement to Adoption Leave and Adoption Pay is exactly the same as if there were one child.

If you receive University Adoption Pay, you are required to work for three months (or an equivalent period of time if you reduce your hours).  If you decide not to return to work or return for less than three months the university may reclaim from you all or part of the non-statutory element of this adoption pay if you fail to return to work for at least 3 months following your adoption leave (or an equivalent period of time if you reduce your hours). This excludes any non-working periods (eg KIT days, parental leave, vacation time for term time only workers).

If you are eligible for UAP but are undecided about whether you wish to return to work you may request that the UAP element of your adoption pay be deferred.  If you decide to return to work then payment can be made as a lump sum.