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Where an employee has been absent on maternity leave must she return to work for a particular period of time before qualifying for another period of maternity leave and pay?
Where an employee takes annual leave prior to her maternity leave, but gives birth early, will her maternity leave still start after the period of annual leave?
Can an employee take a period of paid holiday in between her ordinary maternity leave and additional maternity leave?
How does an employer determine an employee's right to statutory maternity pay?
Which individuals are excluded from the right to claim statutory maternity pay?
Where a pregnant employee has two jobs will she be entitled to statutory maternity pay from each employer?
How is statutory maternity pay calculated?
What is included in an employee's "normal weekly earnings" for the purposes of calculating statutory maternity pay?
Can an employee who does not have average weekly earnings of at least the lower earnings limit for national insurance purposes claim any financial assistance throughout her maternity leave?
If a part-time employee temporarily increases her hours for a period prior to her maternity leave, on what basis should her maternity pay be calculated?
How is statutory maternity pay calculated when there is a salary-sacrifice arrangement in place?
Can an employee who has not been employed by her employer for 26 weeks by the qualifying week claim any financial assistance throughout her maternity leave?
Can an employer offer an employee less money for alternative work during her pregnancy where she cannot do her normal job because of the risks involved?
Should allowances such as travel allowances and car allowances be used in the calculation of statutory maternity pay?
If an employee is in receipt of sick pay during the period for the calculation of statutory maternity pay, is her maternity pay calculated on her actual pay or the pay that she would normally have received?
Where an employee in the early stages of pregnancy is taking regular time off sick how should the employer handle the situation?
Where a pregnant employee who is off sick with a pregnancy-related illness has used up her company sick pay entitlement is there any obligation on the employer to pay her at her normal rate of pay?
Where an employee is off sick when her maternity leave is due to start will her sick pay continue or will she transfer to maternity pay?
An employee who satisfies the other qualifying
criteria will still qualify for statutory maternity pay if she leaves work
after the start of the qualifying week for any reason including because she has
resigned. The qualifying week is the 15th week before the expected
week of childbirth. The employee's contract of employment will terminate at the end of the notice period, at which point the employee's entitlements to all other benefits, including accrual of holiday, will cease.
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