If an employer dismisses a pregnant employee as redundant are they still entitled to receive maternity pay?

An employee will qualify for statutory maternity pay (SMP) if they have 26 weeks' continuous employment by the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth (EWC), earn at least the lower earnings limit for national insurance purposes and provide their employer with the required notice.

An employee who meets these qualifying conditions, and continues in employment into the 15th week before their EWC, will be entitled to their SMP if they are dismissed or they resign after that point. This includes a dismissal for redundancy, in which case the employee will also be entitled to a redundancy payment, if they meet the relevant eligibility requirements. The employee is also entitled to continue to receive their SMP if they are dismissed or they resign once their maternity pay has started.