I need the form SMP1 so I can claim Maternity Allowance. I have asked my employer who at first said that I don’t get the form from them. Then they said I may qualify for SMP but only if I come back after maternity leave. Is that so? I have worked 22 weeks for my employer since I was 10 weeks pregnant.
You will qualify for SMP as long as you were still employed at the 15th week before Estimated Week of Confinement. It does not matter if you resign after this point or decide not to return as the employer is still responsible.
If you are having difficulty with your employer you will need to contact your local Department of Work and Pensions office who administer maternity benefits for advice.