Adoption pay

A parent taking adoption leave is entitled to Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) if they are an 'employed earner'.

 

An employed earner has to be working for someone who pays class 1 national insurance contributions for them.

 

From 1 April 2012 SAP is payable for 39 weeks at a rate of £135.45 or 90% of their normal weekly earnings if that is lower.

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Zero increases by 26%

The Office for National Statistics has released new figures that show nearly 700,000 people work on zero hours contracts - up 26% from last year.  The problems caused by these contracts will require a significant change in the law.

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