I have a full time job working 37 hours and a second job with them in which I only work one hour per week teaching a fitness class. They have informed me that I will get maternity pay for both jobs for up to 52 weeks. I intend to take 39 weeks off, but would like to return to job 2 asap. Is it possible to go back to job 2 & lose the maternity pay for job 2 without it affecting the maternity pay I receive for my full time job?
You have already answered the first question on which I would need the answer i.e. do you qualify for SMP for both jobs? Your employer has told me that you are eligible. This is good news since this should mean that you can choose to take different times off for each job without losing any SMP.
This would not be the same if you qualified for SMP for one job but not the other. The reason for this is because SMP entitlement is treated completely separately under each contract when earnings are not added together to work out National Insurance Contributions. So it appears that you can return sooner to your fitness class than to your full-time job for which you can take the whole leave period if desired together with some negotiated KIT (Keeping in Touch) days which you can negotiate with your employer.