Hello, my name is ***** ***** it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. I presume that you will remain an employee of the company during this period of unpaid leave?
this should not affect your entitlement to SMP because that mainly depends on your continuous service, which remains unbroken during that period of unpaid leave, and your average weekly earnings.
The law is that an employee will be entitled to SMP if:
As long as you meet the above criteria, taking unpaid leave will not affect your rights to SMP
Hope this clarifies your position? If you could please let me know that would be great, thank you
that clarifies it immensely - thank you very much.
you are welcome, all the best