Use our checklist below to assess whether your employee(s) are eligible for statutory maternity pay (SMP).
To see if an employee qualifies for SMP a YES answer is required for ALL of the following questions. Login to save this checklist to your profile for future use - as you work through the list, any checkboxes that are ticked or unticked will be automatically saved to your profile. (To register to join and enjoy the benefits of membership click on the link at the top right of the page. It will only take a few minutes to create your profile).
The employee must have done some work under that contract.
If the employee is paid an irregular amount the average weekly earnings for the last eight weeks must be calculated.
The qualifying week is the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth.
This is the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth. You, the employer must write to confirm the employee's start and leave dats with 28 days.
Proof of pregnancy is either in the form of a doctor's letter or maternity certificate (MATB1).
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