I'm struggling to cope with my working week and thinking of asking my boss if I can reduce my hours until I go on maternity leave, but I'm wondering how this will affect my maternity pay.
I am salaried, our company do not offer matrenity package, so I will receive 6 weeks pay at 90% then SMP for the remainder of my leave. If I go on mat leave while I'm working my normal hours, I will therefore receive 90% of my salary for that 6 weeks, if I reduce my hours for a few weeks until I leave will I still get 90% of my salary or 90% of what I am earning when in the weeks running up to when I leave?
The 90% is calculated on your average salary for weeks 17-25 (I think!)
It includes everything, the guidance is on gov.uk somewhere, the intention is to protect people who earn a very low basic salary but get huge amounts of commission. So that 6 weeks shouldn't make a huge difference to your income.
Could you not get docs 'fit note' that recommends a reduced working pattern? My sister did this, worked shorter shifts but still got paid for full time. She works in public sector. I am sure the thought is that a business would prefer you to he there for some hours rather than paying you to be off sick. As someone else has stated, mat pay calculated weeks 17-25 so if after this then you will be fine if you can't do the above x