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26/04/2013 at 12:08
I thought I had my maternity pay entitlements figured out. But today I checked my payslip for April and noticed it looked very odd. I won't say how in case it influences, but could you please read the below statement and explain what you think it means?!
Staff Handbook, for staff with more than 1yr continuous service(...Staff are entitled to...) 20 weeks' full pay which would include her entitlement to Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), plus 19 weeks’ standard rate SMP or 20 weeks' full pay less Maternity Allowance (MA), depending on her average earnings plus 19 weeks’ MA.
I've worked there long enough and earned enough to qualify for SMP rather than MA, if that helps!
26/04/2013 at 12:12
20 weeks full pay then 19 weeks smp, then nothing if taking 52 weeks
Just reading that quote confused me. Why do they make it all so complicated? Especially knowing that the people reading it are going to have pregnancy/ baby brain!?
26/04/2013 at 12:13
I'm guessing you'll get full pay for your first 20 weeks which will include SMP, and after that, you'll get just SMP for 19 weeks.
I would take that to mean that you would receive smp topped up to you full salary for 20 weeks; then you would receive just smp for a further 20 weeks. Worth remembering that smp is paid weekly and therefore some months you would receive 4 weeks smp and others 5.
26/04/2013 at 12:19
Okay I think I get it now... DS and JB have clarified! I was just mega confused to see SMP written on my payslips dating back to January and had a little panic that they were already paying the 'further' 19 weeks SMP.
But what's all this "or 20 weeks' full pay less Maternity Allowance (MA), depending on her average earnings plus 19 weeks’ MA." malarkey? Does it not apply to me because I'm entitled to SMP? My salary minus MA is probably more than SMP...
26/04/2013 at 12:24
I believe you have to work a certain number of weeks continuously in order to qualify for SMP, I think it's 26 weeks. It looks like those on MA will get full pay but with MA deducted, but you will get full pay which includes SMP, so you're getting more than someone who is on MA.
26/04/2013 at 12:27
If someone isn't entitled to smp then they may be entitled to maternity allowance. This is basically the same weekly rate as smp but without the 6 weeks at 90%. If someone is on ma they will receive ma topped up to their normal salary for 20 weeks. They will nit receive more than you as either way the max that is received is full salary.
26/04/2013 at 12:28
So, the first 20 weeks you'll get your full pay. This will probably show as SMP plus an enhanced payment from your employer to make it up to your full pay amount.
From week 21 to week 39 you'll get SMP at the weekly rate. One thing to consider is that your employees will see the months as a 4 week month or a 5 week month, so some months you may get more than others IYSWIM.
26/04/2013 at 12:37
Right, got it now! Thank you!
Why can't you guys be the ones to write the staff handbook
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