Statutory Maternity Pay Guide for Employers (2012-2013)

Statutory Maternity Pay Guide for Employers (2012-2013)

Employee not paid in a regular pay pattern

If you do not pay your employees in a regular pay pattern use the checksheet below.

Checksheet for employees not paid in a regular pay pattern

To work out AWE if you do not pay your employees in a regular pay pattern

1. Find the date baby is due.
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2. Find the date of the Qualifying Week.
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3. Find the date of the last payday on or before that Saturday. This is the last day of the relevant period.
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4. Count back to the payday at least eight weeks from the date in 3 and come forward one day, for example if the payday is 22 June, enter 23 June. This is the first day of the relevant period.
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5. Add together the earnings paid in between the dates at 4 and 3 (inclusive).
6. Work out the number of days between the dates in 4 and 3 (inclusive).
7. Divide the figure in 5 by the number of whole months in 6.
8. Multiply the figure in 7 by 7.

(Do not round up or down to whole pence; use the unrounded amount to decide if your employee’s earnings are high enough.)

Does your employee earn enough?

If the amount at 8:

  • is at least £102.00 gross a week for babies due between 17 July 2011 and 14 July 2012, or
  • is at least £107.00 gross a week for babies due between 15 July 2012 and 13 July 2013

then your employee earns enough to meet this qualifying condition.

If they don’t earn at least the amounts shown above, they don’t qualify for SMP. You must give them form SMP1 within 7 days of the decision being made. This must all be done within 28 days from the date the employee gave notice of absence (or the date she gave birth if this had occurred earlier). Take a copy of the form MATB1 Maternity Certificate and give the original back to her.

If your employee earns enough, go to Has your employee given you sufficient notice?

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