Maternity Pay

In regards to maternity pay, qualifying mothers will get up to 39 weeks Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) which is equal to

- 90% of your average weekly earnings for first 6 weeks
- £172.48 or 90% of your average weekly earnings for remaining 33 weeks

If you take 52 weeks off, 39 will be paid and remaining 13 will be unpaid, however, if I have understood correctly, you accrue annual leave while on maternity leave. So in that case, can you then take this accrued annual leave after 48th weeks and get paid full amount for remaining 4 weeks?

Is this possible?

What happens if you don't return to same workplace after 52 weeks and instead resign?

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  • Rubyroobs
    Rubyroobs Posts: 848
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    Yes lots of people seem to do that.
  • kaMelo
    kaMelo Posts: 2,285
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    tasticz said:
    In regards to maternity pay, qualifying mothers will get up to 39 weeks Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) which is equal to

    - 90% of your average weekly earnings for first 6 weeks
    - £172.48 or 90% of your average weekly earnings for remaining 33 weeks

    If you take 52 weeks off, 39 will be paid and remaining 13 will be unpaid, however, if I have understood correctly, you accrue annual leave while on maternity leave. So in that case, can you then take this accrued annual leave after 48th weeks and get paid full amount for remaining 4 weeks?

    Is this possible?


    Sort of. What you can't be is on maternity leave and on holiday at the same time. What they would have to do is finish maternity leave and return to work, without actually returning, and start taking their accrued annual leave. This would obviously have to be discussed with their employer and both parties come to such an agreement.

    tasticz said:


    What happens if you don't return to same workplace after 52 weeks and instead resign?
    If they resign without returning to work they are entitled to be paid for any holiday they have accrued up to and including their notice period. If they qualified for statutory maternity pay then this is still payable even if they resign, if however they have received any enhanced maternity pay (over and above the statutory minimum)  then this may need to be repaid depending upon what their contract of employment says..
  • poppy12345
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    When my daughter had her first baby she was off a year. 39 weeks for maternity leave, a few weeks annual leave after that and the remainder was unpaid.
  • tasticz
    tasticz Posts: 764
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    Thank you very much all.
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