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Where an employee who has given notice of her resignation notifies her employer that she is pregnant during the notice period will she be entitled to statutory maternity pay?
Yes, statutory maternity pay (SMP) can
be paid as a lump sum but the employer and employee may end up paying slightly
more national insurance than if SMP is paid on the normal pay day (because one
large payment is being made). In normal circumstances it is not recommended
that employers pay SMP as a lump sum in case something changes during the SMP
period to disqualify the employee from receiving it (for example, the employee
works beyond the 10 keeping-in-touch days). However, in a redundancy situation
it may be more practical to pay the employee her SMP at the outset, rather than
keep her on the payroll.
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