The issue of maternity pay has come up A LOT lately.
We’ve had several calls from clients indignant that new staff members have now told them they are pregnant.
So here’s the first thing:
You can’t fire them for not telling you they are pregnant – they are not legally required to, and you would immediately lose the tribunal.
However, although all pregnant staff are entitled to maternity leave, not all are entitled to maternity pay.
Maternity pay is my least favourite part of HR, mainly because it has a lot of convoluted maths in it.
For all pregnant employees you need to make sure that you get their MAT B1 certificate, which is issued by the midwives/GP at about 24 weeks.
The MAT B1 confirms the Expected Week of Confinement (EWC), i.e. when the baby will be born.
We need that date for all calculations, and, to be honest, as proof of a genuine pregnancy not a “you can’t fire me for poor performance” pregnancy.