Employees that are pregnant are eligible to take up to 26 weeks of maternity leave (known as ordinary maternity leave) plus an additional 26 weeks (known as additional maternity leave). This means that an employee can take up to a full year of maternity leave once they give their employers the correct notice. All women employees are entitled to both classes of maternity leave from day one of their employment.
SMP is a weekly payment from your employer made over a 39-week period. The SMP is payable at:
Employees need to be on the payroll in the ‘qualifying week’ – the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth. The SMP is available to employees if they have provided:
Your employer may also offer further additional benefits which include higher maternity payments, however this is at their discretion and not legally required.