Find out if your employee qualifies for Statutory Adoption Pay and what they are entitled to.
If one of your employees adopts a child, they may be entitled to Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP). SAP replaces an employee's normal earnings if they take time off when the adoption takes place. If an employee is adopting a child with a partner, one of them may be entitled to SAP and the other may be entitled to Ordinary Statutory Paternity Pay (OSPP).
If your employee is entitled to adoption leave and SAP, you’ll have to:
If your employee is a member of a couple adopting a child together:
Most employees who are entitled to adoption leave will also be entitled to SAP. To qualify employees must:
If your employee is entitled to SAP, the amount you’ll have to pay during the first 39 weeks of their adoption leave:
You'll be able to recover at least 92% of the SAP you have to pay.
You can recover SAP by deducting it from your monthly PAYE payments. Or you can ask HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for funding in advance.
If your employee isn't entitled to SAP, they may be entitled to other financial support from their local authority or from the Department for Work and Pensions. You must provide them with form SAP1 confirming they are not entitled to pay within 28 days of their pay request.