Read the adoption leave policy to make sure it meets your needs. Remember that if you have any questions you can easily Ask a lawyer.
Just having an adoption leave policy doesn’t mean you’ve complied with your legal obligations. Make sure that the commitments in your policy can reasonably be met, and make a plan for implementing them. For more information, read Adoption leave and pay.
Make the adoption leave policy available to employees by, for example, including it in induction packs or employee handbooks, providing it in hard copy, sending it out by email, putting it on notice boards or an intranet site, or other easily accessible computer systems.
The adoption leave policy is not a contract and does not need to be signed or agreed to by the employee. You can ask employees to sign to an acknowledgement to show that they have received it, but it’s not legally required.
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.
You should download and keep a copy of your adoption leave policy, either electronically or in hard copy. If any amendments are made to the copy, you should store all versions and record when the changes occurred.
A copy of the adoption leave policy will also be stored under ‘My Documents’ in your Rocket Lawyer account.