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Working during maternity leave: ask the expert

Working during maternity leave: ask the expert

 I'm currently on maternity leave from my main employer, receiving SMP and enhanced MP from the company. Twice a year, I teach as a visiting lecturer for a local university. I'm not a permanent employee, rather employed contract by contract. I do not qualify for SMP through the university. My main employer is aware of my second job and has no issue with it. It so happens that I was employed by the university during the qualifying period (I.e. in the period preceding 15 weeks before EWC). I'm due to commence another teaching module and as my employment with the university will technically have ended and recommenced in the interim period, is there a chance of me jeopardising my SMP from my main employer by taking up the visiting lecturer role in October?

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Overtime reduced during qualifying period for SMP: ask the expert

Overtime reduced during qualifying period for SMP: ask the expert

My employer has reduced my overtime within the qualifying period for SMP so I am no longer entitled to receive SMP as I do not earn enough. I am now going to apply for MA. Do I have any grounds for complaint?

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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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