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Should pay rise be included in SMP?: ask the expert

Should pay rise be included in SMP?: ask the expert

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?

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Could I be asked to pay back SMP?: ask the expert

Could I be asked to pay back SMP?: ask the expert

I am due to start maternity leave in February. I sent my Mat B1 form to my employer as requested even though I know I don't qualify for SMP as I earn just below the weekly requirement of £107. I know this because I have gone through the workings out of all my payslips during the eight-week qualifying period. I was surprised when I received a letter from my employer stating I do in fact qualify for full SMP and they have detailed the payments and weeks commencing etc. My question is: If they've made a mistake where do I stand legally if they suddenly change their mind and want me to pay it back?

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Adding accrued holiday after SMP finishes: ask the expert

Adding accrued holiday after SMP finishes: ask the expert

I have confirmed with my employer that I am unable to return to work after my SMP ends. I have requested to take my accrued holiday for this year [which I have not used yet] when my SMP finishes. My employer has said that the day my SMP finishes is the day my employment ends and holiday is paid up to this date. I am unsure as I thought I would take my holiday after SMP finished. Please can you advise. Many thanks.

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Role changed during pregnancy: ask the expert

Role changed during pregnancy: ask the expert

I am 27 weeks' pregnant and my company have asked for applications for voluntary redundancy. I have been with the company 1 year and 11 months. I was told I qualify for SMP, which I knew. What I would like to know is do they need to pay me Company Sick Pay if the company is still running? That is 6 weeks at 90%, then 12 weeks at 50%? In the last 2 weeks they have moved me from 1 project to another. No formal letter was issued, just a meeting with my manager. I was told I was being moved as the company was in a mess financially and that they had to place people in projects which were more suited to experience. The project I was in before was involved in going into prisons and working with prisoners on release. They also used this reason for moving, for my safety, even though in the 5 years previous, no pregnant person was every moved from the project. I became concerned when the Team Leader of HR asked me if I was seconded from the prison project or transferred. If she doesn't know, who does? I just fear the worst, at a time when I shouldn't be stressed.

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Tax issues on redundancy and notice payment: ask the expert

Tax issues on redundancy and notice payment: ask the expert

I have worked for my company for 3 years and have been on maternity leave for 5 months. I have just been told that I am being made redundant and that my remaining maternity leave will be paid to me along with my redundancy pay and months notice. The company have said that as that gross amount comes to just over £6,000 I will be subject to the higher tax band. Is this correct as you don't pay tax on redundancy pay which for me is 3 weeks pay at £1,200? They have said this will work itself out, but am assuming that wouldn't be until the next tax year.

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