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SMP Explained

Introduction to SMP
All workers are entitled to payment of statutory maternity pay (SMP). However, there are certain conditions governing the payment of SMP and they are as follows:
To qualify for SMP you must have worked for bbu for at least 26 weeks up to the 15th week (known as the qualifying week) before your due date, and you must earn at least £118 per week.
  • The first thing to do is tell your employer you are pregnant.
  • You also have to prove you are pregnant. Twenty weeks before you are due, your midwife should give you a maternity certificate, a MATB1 form, which is essentially medical evidence for your Temps Controller showing that you are indeed pregnant and the date on which your baby is due.
  • SMP is paid for 39 weeks from a fixed start date. You need to tell your Temps Controller (at least 28 days before you want SMP to start) that you intend to have time off work with your baby, and also confirm when you want your payments to begin.
Your Entitlement
  • SMP is paid for up to 39 weeks: for the first six weeks, you will receive 90% of your average weekly earnings; for the remainder of your leave, you’ll receive either £140.98 per week, or 90% of your average gross weekly earnings, whichever is lower.
  • If you take Shared Parental Leave you’ll get Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP). ShPP is £148.68 a week or 90% of your average weekly earnings, whichever is lower.
  • You’ll receive the money in the same way you would normally be paid your wages or salary, and tax and national insurance will be deducted at source.
  • Some women want to work as close as they can to their due date, while others want to have a few weeks to rest and prepare before their baby arrives, but you cannot start your leave more than 11 weeks before your baby is due. You will be required to put everything in writing.
  • If, because of your pregnancy, you need to take time off during the four weeks before your due date, you could be obliged to start your leave from that point.
Click here for SMP details on the government.