Changes were made to adoption leave this month. Employees no longer need any qualifying service to take adoption leave but they still require the 26 weeks service to claim adoption pay. The rules concerning eligibility have been extended to parents in surrogacy arrangements who can now take time off to attend antenatal appointments. Eligible employees are also now entitled to take time off work to attend up to 5 adoption meetings.
As a result of the changes, BIS has published technical guidance for employers on adoption leave and pay which can be found here.