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Hello, I’m Ben. It’s my pleasure to assist you today. I may also ask for some preliminary information to help me determine the legal position.
Hi there. Can I just check, how long have you worked for your employer, all in all?
OK thank you for providing this information Joanna. Please do not worry and leave it with me for now; I will get back to you with my answer as soon as I can, which will be at some point today. The system will notify you when this happens. Please do not reply in the meantime as this may unnecessarily delay my response. Many thanks.
Many thanks for your patience, I am pleased to be able to continue assisting with your query now. Can I just check if you are asking about Statutory Maternity Pay or company maternity pay?
Thank you. To be eligible for SMP you need to be on the employer’s payroll in the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth which is around week 25 of pregnancy.
Even though the dismissal may be backdated to the date when the previous contract came to an end, assuming you have still been employed by the employer for that 4 eek trial period and on their payroll, you can still argue that you meet the criteria for SMP.
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