In most cases the confusion comes down to the idea that SMP is a benefit from the state that cannot be claimed more than once. In fact SMP is an earnings replacement that can be claimed from each employer as long as the employee meets the qualifying conditions in each employment.
What are the qualifying conditions for SMP?
To qualify for SMP you must:
- have worked for your employer for at least 26 weeks up to the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth (41 weeks before your due date in plain English!)
- earn on average at least £107.00 (2012/13) per week during the qualifying period (around weeks 17-25 of the pregnancy)
- provide the correct notice to the employer
- provide proof that you are pregnant (MATB1 form from the midwife)
Providing that these qualifying conditions are met in each employment then the employee would qualify for SMP from all jobs.
This is unlikely to happen where the employee is employed full time on one job and has a small part time job (their earnings are unlikely to be high enough). This can happen where the employee has a number of part time jobs such as peripatetic teachers or contract workers. The employee will be required to get as many MATB1 forms as they have jobs to supply to each of her employers.