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PeppermintInfusion Fri 07-Nov-14 15:39:09

Do I get this from my midwife?

I am 25w tomorrow, but my mw appt isn't until Monday, from googling I think I get it then?

Also slightly confused, as I'm currently freelancing but taking a perm role at the end of the month (at the sane place). The new employer informally knows I'm pregnant, but online it says they need to have the form before I'm 25w. Do I need to make sure they get it before then?

Obviously I'm going to be getting mat allowance rather than SMP, does the HR process the form on my behalf (I am self employed atm) or do I do it myself?

Spindelina Fri 07-Nov-14 15:54:22

I think you will get your MATB1 at your next appointment, but not sure. I got mine around then. Your future employer will want to see your MATB1 because it proves that you are pregnant, and that you are entitled to maternity LEAVE (not pay) at a particular time. Not sure about the rules for when you have to show them the form if you aren't after SMP, but just leave.

When I was in a similar situation to you (started new job at 25 weeks), I refused to let mine out of my sight - I took it to HR and they took copies.

For MA, you will need to fill in the forms and send them off (with that precious MATB1 that you haven't let out of your sight!) yourself - nothing to do with your employer.

PeppermintInfusion Fri 07-Nov-14 15:58:12

Thanks! More straightforward than it looked online and makes sense now smile
My HR isn't local so they will probably only want me to scan it anyway.

Spindelina Fri 07-Nov-14 17:39:48

If you are employed in the qualifying week, you need to get your employer to sign to say why they won't pay you SMP.

But you aren't currently employed, so you don't need that declaration.

The job centre plus MA phone line was really helpful when I used it in 2012! Good luck.

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