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When does my adoption leave end?

Once you have notified your employer of your intention to take adoption leave, your employer has 28 days in which to tell you the date that your leave will end on. If your employer fails to do this, the law says that they have to give you this notice at least 28 days before the date that they are expecting your adoption leave to end on.

If they fail to comply with either of these notice periods, and you return to work on the day that you thought you were supposed to return on (a day that you reasonably thought to be the day after the last day of your adoption leave), your employer cannot turn you away or refuse to pay you for any work that you do. You are protected under the law if:

  • your employer fails to give you notice of your return date and then attempts to dismiss or discipline you when you fail to return on that date;
  • your employer gives you less than 28 days' notice of the date that your additional adoption leave period would end and it was not reasonably practicable for you to return to work on that date.