Form SMP1 Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) - United Kingdom
What Is Form SMP1?
Form SMP1, Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), is an official form filled out by employers to tell their employees they do not fulfill the criteria for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) or they will not be paid SMP for a certain period of time. This form was issued by the United Kingdom Department for Work and Pensions and the latest version of the document became available on November 1, 2014, with all previous editions obsolete. You can download a printable SMP1 Form through the link below.
- Maternity Allowance Form SMP1.
If the employee submits a claim to inform you she is entitled to receive SMP from you yet you believe there are legal grounds to refuse it, you need to select the reason for refusal from the list provided in the form and notify the employee about your position. This way, the employee can build her claim for Maternity Allowance - unless she chooses to argue facts included in Form SMP1, in which case you will need to clarify why you are not responsible for her SMP.
SMP1 Form Instructions
Follow these guidelines to prepare Form SMP1:
- Circle the appropriate title of your employee. Write down her full name, address, National Insurance number, and the number your company uses to identify this employee - for instance, an employee or payroll number.
- Tick the box that reflects the current situation - you either cannot pay the employee SMP or you will be unable to do so after a certain date.
- Record the dates you have used before when examining the employee's SMP claim - the week when the baby is supposed to be born, the qualifying week for SMP, and the estimated period of maternity pay.
- Select one of the reasons provided in the form to elaborate on why you cannot pay SMP to your employee. Each box comes with a brief description - you can only choose the box that accurately outlines the facts.
- Confirm the details in the document are true and complete to the best of your knowledge, write down the name of the business, position you hold in the company, contact information, and the actual date of signing. To make this form valid, you must sign it and put the official stamp on the last page. By signing the form, you are also telling the employee you have enclosed Form MAT B1, Maternity CertificateNot available online., she has sent to you before.
Who Is Entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay?
Not every employee will qualify for Maternity Statutory Pay. Here is what entitles you to receive this benefit from your employer:
- You have worked for this employer for twenty-six weeks (at a minimum) into the fifteenth week before the week of giving birth.
- Your weekly wages are less than the national insurance limit of lower earnings.
- You have told the employer about the upcoming birth twenty-eight or more days in advance.
- You sent your employer Form MAT B1, Maternity CertificateNot available online., before the maternity pay period begins.
- You were not in legal custody at the beginning of the maternity pay period.
- You started working for your employer before giving birth.
If you think you qualify for SMP and paid leave from work and the employer was wrong to refuse these benefits or the offered SMP does not represent the correct amount of financial support you are entitled to, you can begin a dispute against your employer. The employer will provide an additional explanation if you think they withhold information from you or have made an error while trying to figure out the amount of pay you must receive.
Download Form SMP1 Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) - United Kingdom