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When is maternity pay calculated?

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smellimelli Tue 02-Aug-11 11:23:57

I'm currently on maternity leave which ends on 26th October 2011 (this is AML).

When do I need to be "earning" to qualify for maternity pay? I've heard different things......

LIZS Tue 02-Aug-11 17:10:16

You have to be employed when you get pg (but not necessarily earning so you could still be on ml) and SMP is calculated as 90% of the average gross earnings for 8 weeks before 26th week of pg for first 6 weeksinfo here. A discretionary scheme may vary terms but SMP is the minimum

FessaEst Wed 03-Aug-11 20:23:37

You need to be earning over the LEL threshold for NI to qualify for SMP (it is roughly £100/week before tax I think).

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