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What is the qualifying period for maternity pay and leave?

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Eligible employees can take up to 52 weeks’ maternity leave. The first 26 weeks is known as ‘Ordinary Maternity Leave’, the last 26 weeks as ‘Additional Maternity Leave’.

Can an agency worker qualify for maternity pay?

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Yes, but only if you qualify. As an agency worker, to qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) you must...

How do you qualify for maternity pay?

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You cannot get Statutory Maternity Leave if you have a child through surrogacy - you could get Statutory Adoption Leave and Pay instead.

How long you're entitled to maternity pay and leave?

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Eligible employees can take up to 52 weeks’ maternity leave. The first 26 weeks is known as ‘Ordinary Maternity Leave’, the last 26 weeks as ‘Additional Maternity Leave’.

When you are on maternity leave, do you get full pay?

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It’s worth seeing what other help and benefits you're entitled to - such as Child Tax Credit, Healthy Start vouchers and a Sure Start grant. You can claim some benefits before you give birth, so it’s worth checking as soon as you can.

Are you entitled to normal pay for keeping in touch days (KIT)?

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The regulations that cover maternity rights do not state what an employee should be paid for working a KITS day but employers are expected to pay your normal rate of pay.

Help to ensure mum is not left holding the baby at work

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Unlawful treatment of working mum on maternity leave

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News of a new arrival signals an all too familiar unfair disciplinary process

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