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What happens to my Statutory Adoption Pay entitlement if I work during the time that I am being paid it?

During your adoption leave period you may carry out up to 10 days’ work for your employer (or employers if you have more than one) without losing any adoption pay or leave. ‘Keeping in Touch' (KiT) Days might include attending a training day or staff meeting or actually doing a full day’s work.

Anything you do on any day will count as though you had worked a full day (even if you only attend work for two hours). However, KiT Days cannot be used to extend your adoption leave period.

Your employer cannot force or demand that you work at any point during your adoption leave period, it has to be an agreement between you and the employer. If you choose to work on a KiT Day, your employer does not have to pay you your normal wages, but your adoption pay is not affected by working such a day.

Some good employers might decide to pay you your normal wages for that day (although you should check that this does not jeopardise your entitlement to adoption pay), and some might allow time off ‘in lieu’ when your adoption leave period ends and you return to work.