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Statutory Maternity Pay - Can I get Statutory Maternity Pay?

Statutory Maternity Pay is a weekly payment for women who are on maternity leave from work.

Can I get Statutory Maternity Pay?

To qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay, you must have worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks by the time you are 15 weeks away from the date your baby is due.

It does not matter how many hours a week you work but you must earn more than £120 a week. If you are furloughed because of coronavirus, your earnings should be assessed on what you would usually earn, and not on the 80% you have been receiving. 

The rules about Statutory Maternity Pay apply to almost all people who are pregnant but there are exceptions, for example, people who work mainly overseas or who are share fishers. If your working situation is unusual, find an adviser and ask whether you qualify.

If you do not qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay, you might qualify for:

Updated: April 2020

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