SMP / Maternity allowance entitlement

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A close family friend is currently pregnant, due 3 May 2023. She has two zero hours contracts - with different employers. I am assuming for the sake of argument that she has worked for them for long enough to theoretically qualify for SMP, and will have earned more than £123 average pay per week for the relevant 8 week period.

Would her zero hours contract status prevent her from being eligible for SMP? I have read on that she is likely to be a 'worker' rather than an 'employee'. also says that workers may be eligible for SMP rather than MA. It says that you are not for statutory maternity leave if you are a worker, but does not specifically make this distinction for SM Pay.

Any ideas, please?

If she may be eligible for SMP, what does she need to do to get it? Is there a particular form that she has to fill in for her employer?

If she's unlikely to be eligible for SMP, is MA likely to be available?

Thanks for any comments you can offer.


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