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Is my employer wrong re paying back SMP?

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CaringForPod Sat 27-Aug-11 13:46:22

In a nutshell, the personnel dept said I might have to pay back my maternity pay if I chose not to return to work for at least three months. I am only receiving SMP and unless things have changed, I thought you didn't have to repay this. Everything I've found online suggests so anyway.

MotherPanda Sat 27-Aug-11 13:47:40

true, its only if your employer pays you at a rate higher than smp, even for a short amount of time, that would have to pay it back.

CaringForPod Sat 27-Aug-11 13:56:47

Thought so. Just checked my pay slip and it just says SMP, nothing else. Thanks for the quick reply smile.

MotherPanda Sat 27-Aug-11 14:11:11

just so you can double check directgov says that smp is

for the first six weeks at 90 per cent of your average gross weekly earnings with no upper limit
for the remaining 33 weeks at the lower of either the standard rate of £128.73, or 90 per cent of your average gross weekly earnings

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