Read the Policy to make sure it meets your business’ needs. Remember that, if you have any questions, you can Ask a lawyer for advice.
Just having an Adoption Leave Policy in place is not enough to ensure that you comply with your legal obligations. Make sure your business complies with employment law by, for example, upholding employees’ rights to take leave when adopting a child and by ensuring you do not discriminate against any employees when dealing with parental leave requests.
Make the Adoption Leave Policy available to employees. You could, for example, include it in induction packs, send it out by email, put it on notice boards, hand it out in hard copy, or put it on an intranet site.
The Adoption Leave Policy is not a contract and does not need to be signed or agreed to by your staff. You can ask staff members to sign an acknowledgement to show that they received it, but it’s not legally required.
A copy of your Adoption Leave Policy will be stored automatically in your Rocket Lawyer account ‘Dashboard’. You should also download and securely store a copy of your Policy for your records.
Whenever the Policy is amended, keep a copy of each version that has been in force, a record of when it was introduced, and how and when each version was made available to employees.
The Adoption Leave Policy incorporates statutory requirements regarding adoption leave and pay. You should regularly review your Policy (eg once each year) to ensure that it stays up to date.