You still accrue (build up) your usual holiday entitlement while you’re on maternity leave. This includes bank holidays. You cannot take holiday or get holiday pay while on maternity leave. But you can arrange with your employer for you to take it before or after maternity leave. You should talk with your employer as early as possible to agree how and when to take your holiday entitlement, including any you’ll accrue while on maternity leave.
When a couple adopt a child, one person is the ‘main adopter’ and one is the ‘secondary adopter’. The main adopter can take adoption leave and pay. The secondary adopter can take paternity leave. They cannot change or swap which one they’re taking once they have informed their employers.
You might be eligible for Statutory Adoption Leave or Statutory Adoption Pay if you’re:
‘Statutory’ means the legal minimum your employer must give you. Your employer might offer a better adoption leave and pay scheme. Check your contract or speak to your employer.
If you’re in a couple, only one of you can get adoption leave and pay. You should decide between yourselves who will get it. The partner who does not get adoption leave and pay might be able to get paternity leave and pay. Both of you might also be able to use Shared Parental Leave and Pay to take time off.
A child can only have two legal parents. Being a child’s legal parent means: You have financial responsibility for the child which includes paying child maintenance if the child does not live with you. You will be considered parent and child for the purposes of British nationality, inheritance and pension rights.
Through March NWCS are celebrating Marriage and Civil Partnership, Cohabitation / Pregnancy, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption A further learning opportunity in relation to Health & Wellbeing has been set up for you via the Discovery learning platform.
Please ensure to speak with your Training Officer about this.