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Statutory Maternity Pay

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by Al78, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Hi - Wondering if anyone can give me some advice.
    I am currently working part time (job share) on a fixed term contract which expires 31st August 2012. It has been renewed for another year so my contract now will expire 31st August 2013.
    Does anyone know if my contract was not renewed beyond August 31st 2013, would I be entitled to SMP if I were to get pregnant and have a delivery date September 2013? If so, who would pay the SMP? Would it by the Local authority even though my contract would have expired with them?
    During my previous pregnancy, it was straight forward as I was working full-time on a permanent contract at a different school. I have looked on my union website and read their guidance but I just can't get to grips with what my maternity entitlements would be now that my contract is different.
    Any help greatly appreciated
    Thanks a lot
     
  2. Hi - Wondering if anyone can give me some advice.
    I am currently working part time (job share) on a fixed term contract which expires 31st August 2012. It has been renewed for another year so my contract now will expire 31st August 2013.
    Does anyone know if my contract was not renewed beyond August 31st 2013, would I be entitled to SMP if I were to get pregnant and have a delivery date September 2013? If so, who would pay the SMP? Would it by the Local authority even though my contract would have expired with them?
    During my previous pregnancy, it was straight forward as I was working full-time on a permanent contract at a different school. I have looked on my union website and read their guidance but I just can't get to grips with what my maternity entitlements would be now that my contract is different.
    Any help greatly appreciated
    Thanks a lot
     
  3. frustum

    frustum Lead commenter

    If you didn't get SMP (I'm not sure of the exact rules on that - it may depend on whether you begin your maternity leave before 31st August, I think) then you would qualify for Maternity Allowance, which is paid at the same rate to anyone who has earned a sufficient amount in something like any 26 weeks in the previous 60/70.
     
  4. Thanks for your answer frustum.
    The information in my union handbook doesn't go into any detail for fixed term contracts. I'm not sure whether to contact my union directly as it is only 'in theory' at the moment but it would be helpful to know because finances (unfortunately) could well dictate whether we could afford to have another child.
     
  5. frustum

    frustum Lead commenter

    You won't get the enhanced entitlement if your contract ends before you can return, as you won't be able to do the 13 weeks teaching after the maternity leave.
    You will get SMP or MA, and it doesn't really matter which, provided your due date is within 40 weeks of the end of your contract - which takes you up to the end of May 2014 even if you do nothing after August 2013. Every week you earn after that will take you a bit further - you need to have worked in 26 weeks of the 66 preceding the due date - although to make sure you get the full rate of maternity allowance you need your average earnings in the best 13 of those weeks to be above about £145.
    Much could change before then: that contract might become permanent, or you might find a new and permanent post.
     
  6. Thanks again Frustum - you have really clarified things for me [​IMG]
    Just out of interest, if my contracted had ended but I was entitled to SMP, would it be the local authority that I had just left who would pay the SMP even though I would no longer be employed by them?
     
  7. frustum

    frustum Lead commenter

    Presumably. I think they then reclaim the SMP from the government, so it's not as unfair on them as it sounds.
     
  8. Thanks Frustum for your replies! [​IMG]
     

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