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Maternity pay

(5 Posts)
Afternooncatnap Fri 20-Oct-17 22:36:12

I'm due back work soon after 12 months maternity leave.

I want to have baby no.2 sap but want to make sure I'm eligible for smp.

From what I've read I have to be in continuous employment for 26 weeks before the 15th week before the baby is due.

So am I right in thinking if I returned to work as long as baby was due no earlier than 41 weeks after I returned I'll still get smp.

MyYoniFromHull Fri 20-Oct-17 22:37:23

You are still employed while on maternity leave. But you may want to make sure you maximise your earnings for the 'qualifying weeks'

IrregularCommentary Fri 20-Oct-17 22:56:38

If you only get smp then you're fine regardless; you're employed during mat leave so it counts.

If you get any enhanced maternity pay then there might be a qualifying period of work to consider to benefit from the enhanced part.

Afternooncatnap Sat 21-Oct-17 19:57:18

OK that sounds good. But I am returning part time so will have to sign a new contract.
Will that mean the time starts over or because it's the same employer it doesn't matter?

prettyprettyprettyprettyghoul Sat 21-Oct-17 19:59:20

Same employer so the service counts. Your new contract should mention this.

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