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The Paternity and Adoption Leave Regulations 2002

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Duration and commencement of ordinary adoption leave

18.  (1)  Subject to regulations 22 and 24, an employee’s ordinary adoption leave period is a period of 26 weeks.

(2) Except in the case referred to in paragraph (3), an employee’s ordinary adoption leave period begins on the date specified in his notice under regulation 17(1), or, where he has varied his choice of date under regulation 17(4), on the date specified in his notice under that provision (or the last such date if he has varied his choice more than once).

(3) In a case where—

(a)the employee has chosen to begin his period of leave on the date on which the child is placed with him, and

(b)he is at work on that date,

the employee’s period of leave begins on the day after that date.

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