Employee just announced she’s expecting?

Quickly find out all the important dates for calculating maternity leave and pay. All you need is a due date.

Find the important dates below.

Select expected date of birth:

  • Latest date for starting work in order to qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay

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    In order to qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay, a woman must have been working for her employer technically for 26 weeks by the end of the 'Qualifying Week' (this being 15 weeks before the expected week of childbirth). In effect, put simply, this is 41 weeks service by the baby's due date.

  • Deadline for employee to notify you she is pregnant and wishes to take maternity leave

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    This is the last date by which the employee must inform the employer of the fact that they are pregnant, their expected week of childbirth (almost always submitted on a form MAT B1) and their intended maternity leave start date.

  • Earliest Date for starting Maternity Leave

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    Maternity leave cannot ordinarily commence until this date (which is 11 weeks before the expected week of childbirth). However, if the baby is born before this date, maternity leave automatically starts on the day after childbirth.

  • Maternity leave automatic trigger if sick

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    Maternity leave will start automatically if the employee is absent from work for a pregnancy related reason on or after this date (which is 4 weeks before the expected week of childbirth).

What is maternity leave?

Employees who fall pregnant in the UK are entitled to Statutory Maternity Leave (SML) of 52 weeks. This is made up of 26 weeks of Ordinary Maternity Leave and 26 weeks of Additional Maternity Leave.

Your employees are entitled to SML no matter how long they have worked for you, how many hours they work or how much you pay them.

How it affects you

You want to support your employee at this exciting time, but losing a key employee for so long puts pressure on any business. You also need to be mindful of issues relating to unfair dismissal, redundancy and discrimination. We can help you manage all aspects of the process from maternity leave to arranging cover and return to work processes. So, the baby doesn’t give you sleepless nights.

Call us to find out how we can help.

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