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22/10/2013 at 17:08
I'm new to the forum and would appreciate some advice. My OH and I are getting married next summer and hoping to start trying for a baby next December . I'm currently in a permenant job of 3 years but want to change careers and have seen a job advertised. My OH is worried that I will lose maternity rights if I start a new job. If I was successful I'd be looking at starting the job in January 2014 which would be 8 months before the wedding and 11 months before we plan to start trying. Would I be entitled to maternity leave if this happened?
22/10/2013 at 17:18
you can get leave regardless of how long you have worked, but getting paid is another matter:
Statutory Maternity Leave
You qualify for Statutory Maternity Leave if:
you’re an employee (and not a ‘worker’)
you give your employer the correct notice
It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been with your employer, how many hours you work or how much you get paid.
Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)
To qualify for SMP you must:
earn on average at least £109 a week
give the correct notice
give proof you’re pregnant
have worked for your employer continuously for at least 26 weeks up to the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth - called the ‘qualifying week’
I'm rubbish at maths but I think you'd make eligibility for mat pay.
22/10/2013 at 17:29
I think you'd be fine, you'd definitely get SMP and if the new job gives any additional maternity pay you'd more than likely get that too as you'd have been working there over a year and a half before going on ML.
22/10/2013 at 17:38
Thank you for your replies. I really appreciate it. That sounds like I should be ok then. :-).
22/10/2013 at 18:38
Usual rule of thumb is you need to have worked for the employer for 1 week before conceiving to qualify.
22/10/2013 at 21:47
To qualify for my work enhanced maternity pay you require two years continuous service. You would need to check with any new employer if they have an enhanced package and what the conditions are.
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