I began maternity leave on last August after being promoted and receiving a pay rise effective from October. My employer is currently paying me maternity pay based on my previous salary as they say they have no contractual obligation to pay my new salary as this was not effective when my leave began and OMP is a discretionary payment. Is this correct?
I have just returned from maternity leave and found out that another person in my company got an enhanced maternity package whilst I received statutory. They received the bonus element of pay during maternity leave. I did not. Can a company have different rules for different people? Their leave was before mine, but there has been no change to policy at any time.
My employer has agreed to maternity pay of 8 weeks full pay, 18 weeks at 50% pay and final 13 weeks at SMP rate. I will be on maternity leave for one year in total and this will start in a new financial year. Could you advise how they should be taxing this/ or how I can work out how much tax I should be paying on this?
I am just trying to work out my maternity and have some questions. Can I confirm is it the payslips they look at so what I was paid in certain months? I get paid a month in arrears so is it not what I actually worked in the qualifying weeks?
Also my timesheet was late getting processed one month due to me being on holiday then my line manager being away. So I did not receive a payment that month but got double the next. So has this affected my SMP?
I need some advice on SMP. I am due to give birth in November. I am the director and only employee of my business and as an employer will soon be applying for an advance payment of SMP from HMRC. As the 39 weeks of SMP fall in this tax year and the next I was planning to apply for 19 weeks advance payment this tax year and then 20 weeks advance payment next tax year to avoid paying tax on next year's allowance (as I know the business will be put on hold for a while and I won't reach my threshold for taxable income). My question is: can I apply for an advance payment of the whole 39 weeks this tax year as a company, but only pay it to myself in the next tax year to avoid paying unnecessary tax on it? My other question is if I claim SMP for the first couple of months and then decide to close the limited business to go back to being self-employed can I then make a claim for maternity allowance even though I will have been employed during the qualifying period and will have already received some SMP?