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I have just found out I am 6 weeks pregnant due in February 2010. I am on maternity leave due to go back to work on 1st September. I get paid on the 25th of each month. Which month’s pay will be used to calculate the next maternity pay?
The “relevant period” for calculating Statutory Maternity Pay is the two-month period between 23 weeks to 15 weeks before EWC [expected week of confinement, ie the birth].
I have done a rough calculation and if you were 6 weeks’ pregnant in mid June then your relevant period would be approximately 4th September to 16th October.
Your average wages for that period should be used to calculate SMP and by this time it appears you will be back at work and therefore should earn more than the lower earnings limit of £95 per week.
In the unlikely event that you are not eligible for SMP you should still be entitled to Maternity Allowance.
Answer by Helen Climance