If the mother qualifies for SMP and contractual pay to be paid by the University
If the mother has 26 weeks continuous service with the University at her qualifying week she will continue to receive her normal full rate of salary for up to the first 26 weeks' maternity leave, and any SMP which is due to her is automatically incorporated into those payments: that is, SMP is not paid in addition to full pay.
After the first 26 weeks the University continues to pay SMP, on behalf of HMRC, for a further 13 weeks. A further 13 weeks unpaid leave are also available.
If the mother qualifies for the University’s contractual pay but does not qualify for statutory payments to be made to her by the University
New starters to the University who do not have 26 weeks continuous service at the qualifying week will be expected to claim any statutory benefits to which they are entitled either directly from Jobcentre Plus, or from a previous employer, and to disclose the amount they are receiving to the University.
The University will take such payments into account and ‘top up’ so that the combination of SMP from her previous employer or MA from Jobcentre Plus and the payment from the University will total her normal full rate of pay from the University (ie full pay is not paid in addition to statutory benefits).
In the case of a multiple birth, an employee is entitled to the same benefits as if she were having one child.
Please read the full guidance on arrangements for employees who qualify for the contractual family pay benefits but do not have 26 weeks continuous service at the qualifying week (15th week before EWC): the Day One scheme
If a woman does not qualify for the University's Contractual maternity pay scheme but does quality for statutory payments
If an employee does not meet the qualifying criteria for the University's contractual maternity pay scheme, she may still qualify for SMP and the payment route will be as described above.
A woman who wishes to take maternity leave (and returns to work) but who does not qualify for contractual pay or statutory pay, still needs to provide a 'MATB1' form to her department, and to fill in a Maternity leave plan.
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