In January 2015 the government published an 'online calculator' so you can work out what maternity, paternity or shared parental pay you may be entitled to.
Support from HMRC for employers: Claiming back statutory payments or getting advances on the payments
Employers can reclaim at least 92% of Maternity Pay, Adoption Pay, Paternity Pay, and Shared Parental Pay. They can also request advance payments. Read our article "Small Businesses: Applying to HMRC for Maternity Pay and Paternity Pay" for further details.
Maternity Allowance may be available if you are a worker or self-employed, or are an employee with less than 26 weeks service. If you do not qualify for either you may be able to get Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) instead via your local Job Centre.
You need to earn a minimum of £116 per week to be eligible for Maternity Allowance or SMP (increasing to £118 on 7th April 2019). If you do not earn this amount you will still be entitled to unpaid Maternity Leave (if you meet the qualifying conditions).
The minimum period of maternity leave you have to take following the birth is two weeks. If you do not take your full allowance of 52 weeks Maternity Leave, the father of your child/your spouse/your partner may be eligible to share 50 weeks entitlement with you, if they meet the conditions to be eligible for Shared Parental Leave - you can read more details here. There are no age restrictions to receiving MA or SMP.
There are no age restrictions to receiving MA or SMP.
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