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xemmax
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Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:15 pm 
Post subject: maternity pay
does anyone know if an employer can pay you less than statutory maternity pay amount during your maternity leave or, is statutory the lowest they can offer?
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Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:42 pm 
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I am definitely not an expert on maternity pay and how it works but what I do know is that statutory by definition is 'required by law (statute)', therefore your employer is required by law to pay the statutory maternity pay to all mothers who go on maternity leave the amount that is set by the government.

Providing you have worked at your current job long enough your employer can't pay any less than what the statutory amount is. The statutory is the lowest that they can offer. Actually they can't offer it as it is your entitlement.

Hope that helps.

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Posted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 2:04 pm 
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SMP is either 90% of your earnings calculated as an average of the 2 months pay prior to the 15th week before your due date or 117.18 per week whichever is lower.
Take a look at the link below :

http://www.workandpensions.gov.uk/lifeevent/benefits/statutory_maternity_pay.asp#howmuch
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