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Maternity pay


Hi there.

I have not had to deal with SMP before and wondered what the rules are for an employer? Do they pay it to the employee or does the employee have to claim it off the government?

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Sam



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Sam



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Hi Sam
Did you see Doug's response to your last query? Did you get it sorted?

For this one - start here - www.gov.uk/employers-maternity-pay-leave

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I have just seen it and apologised, it was a software update issue. Thanks for the link Sam



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Hi Sam

If the client is unable to fund the smp he can get an advance payment from HMRC, and if a small employer, will also receive 3% compensation on top. I'm just coming to the end of the first one I did so if there's anything specific you need to ask, please do.



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The employer pays it direct to the employee unless the employee is not entitled to SMP (perhaps because they havent worked there long enough or don't earn enough). In which case the employer has to officially inform the employee of this (the link Joanne provided explains it all) and the employee would then have to claim MA (Maternity Allowance) from the government instead. Most of SMP is reclaimed from the government (extra if a small employer as John said)

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I would say consider the advance anyway, as it seems to take HMRC a blithering age to get the funds to you otherwise.

If you do - encourage them to keep it in a separate account and not use it as general cashflow, much as they may be tempted!

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