Adoption appointments: what are your rights?

What are adoption appointments?

These are appointments made by an adoption agency relating to a child being placed for adoption or for a fostering for adoption placement.

Am I entitled to take time off for adoption appointments?

Since April 2015 the Children and Families Act 2014 has entitled employees and agency workers who are proposing to adopt to take time off work to attend adoption appointments. Employees or agency workers adopting on their own will be entitled to paid time off to attend five appointments. Employees or agency workers jointly adopting may elect for one of them to take paid time off to attend up to five appointments, while the other may take unpaid time off to attend up to two appointments.

How long am I allowed to take for adoption appointments?

A maximum of six and a half hours can be taken for each appointment.

What can I do if my employer won’t let me attend adoption appointments?

Employees and agency workers who are entitled to take time off to attend adoption appointments will be able to bring a tribunal claim if their employer (in the case of an employee) or the temporary work agency or the hirer (in the case of an agency worker) has unreasonably refused to let them take paid or unpaid time off to attend adoption appointments; or failed to pay all or part of any amount to which they were entitled when exercising the right to take paid time off.

Employees and agency workers will be protected from being subjected to a detriment as a result of exercising a right in relation to taking time off to attend an adoption appointment. In addition, employees will be protected from dismissal with respect to the new rights.

The law and practice referred to in this article or webinar has been paraphrased or summarised. It might not be up-to-date with changes in the law and we do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided at the time of reading. It should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice in relation to a specific set of circumstances.

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