This is a ‘day one’ right and there is no qualifying period. The level of pay depends on the length of service.
Employees with 26 weeks’ service (but less than 1 years’ service) at the 15th week before the Expected Week of Childbirth (EWC) are entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) for 39 weeks.
Employees with more than one year’s continuous service at the expected week of childbirth who intend to return to work are entitled to Occupational Maternity Pay (OMP), which is an enhanced provision inclusive of the statutory provision.
Employees with less than 26 weeks’ service at the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth may be entitled to Maternity Allowance (MA).
What you need to do
Book a meeting with People and Culture (email@example.com) as early as possible to talk about your plans/benefits/entitlements.
Complete a maternity leave application form (.pdf) to give notification of your intention to take maternity leave and send it to HR. This should be provided no later than 15th week before the expected week of childbirth.
During your maternity leave, you can use up to ten keeping in touch (KIT) days. Please complete the KIT - SPLIT form (.pdf) for payment.