Inform an employee that she is not eligible to receive statutory maternity pay

Key points

  • An employee will not be entitled to receive statutory maternity pay if she does not have the required period of continuous service with the employer or her average weekly earnings are below the lower earnings limit for national insurance purposes.
  • Other specified circumstances, including where the individual is in custody at the start of the maternity pay period, will mean that she has no right to receive statutory maternity pay.
  • Where an employee is not entitled to statutory maternity pay, her employer must provide a written explanation on a prescribed form of the reason for this.

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