I am currently on maternity leave and will be returning to work after I've taken 18 wks. I will then have 2 wks holiday, after which DH will take the rest of the paid leave up to 39 wks. Does anyone know if he will get 21 wks or 19? Do we get a total of 39 wks with SMP or 39 wks from the start of the maternity leave IYSWIM? Trying to work out his return date for the form for work! Also posting in chat. Many thanks.
When you say you're taking 2 weeks holiday, do you mean that you'll be getting fully paid holiday from your employer (I guess built up over mat leave) then going back?
I'm not an expert, but my assumption would be that your husband should get SMP from week 19 because you are classed as having "gone back" to work, as long as he is off from week 19.
With regard to the amount, you would have got 90% of your salary for the first 6 weeks then you get 33 weeks of SMP, so it's 39 weeks of some sort of money IN TOTAL from the start of maternity leave! Think it depends on your salary though - if your pay was below a certain level the rules are slightly different I think.