Starting new job. When can I start TTC in order to get maternity pay.

I know its very unlikely I will fall pregnant as soon as we start trying, but just to be safe I want to make sure we time it right.

I start a new job in a few weeks, so when can we safely start TTC to guarantee maternity pay. Someone told me about 1 month..is that right?

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  • FairyluFairylu Posts: 79
    I should think it differs from job to job. What does it say in your contract?
  • In order to receive SMP (statutory maternity pay) you must be with the company for a minimum of 26 weeks.



    http://www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/specialist-guides/technical-guidance/ni17a-a-guide-to-maternity/statutory-maternity-pay-smp/eligibility/.



    Most companies have a minimum 26 week clause. My current company is 26 weeks week the company before that was 52 weeks. These were both banks so had generous maternity pay. I doubt these details will be in your contract, so have a look on the internal intranet for these details(if you company has one)
  • martinej1martinej1 Posts: 688
    I have just been offered the job so do you think there is anyway I can find out their terms before i accept?

    My current employer states must be employed for 26wks prior to 15wk,s before due date.

    So i could start trying after 1month of being in new job.

    Is this pretty standard in the Uk does anyone know?
  • martinej1martinej1 Posts: 688
    I have just been offered the job so do you think there is anyway I can find out their terms before i accept?

    My current employer states must be employed for 26wks prior to 15wk,s before due date.

    So i could start trying after 1month of being in new job.

    Is this pretty standard in the Uk does anyone know?
  • Hi Martine



    I work in accountancy, and as I understand it what you say is right - basically you should be with the same employer for the whole pregnancy to qualify for SMP.



    Good luck!
  • I wouldn't ask a new employer for their maternity policy as it's a dead giveaway but you could ask if they have an HR handbook or site you can look at? Of course they have to pay SMP as per the government's regulations but many companies have enhanced policies which is up to each individual company. I think my company is 1 year of employment before you get the enhanced.
  • MrsZogMrsZog Posts: 1,241
    Leaving it a month is a good idea. Effectively, so long as you have been employed for 26 weeks by the time you are 25 weeks pregnant (15 weeks before expected due date) you are entitled to SMP.



    SMP is currently 90% of pay for 6 weeks followed by £124.88 for the next 33 weeks. Some companies (not all) offer additional pay during maternity leave but this varies and can often depend on length of service.
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