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If the baby arrives early, maternity leave will automatically start on the day after the birth.
If the baby is stillborn after the twenty fourth week of pregnancy, or if the baby is born alive but dies after birth, the mother still qualifies for her maternity rights.
An employee should not have to repay any money that would amount to statutory maternity pay they receive.
This should be clearly set out in writing in the terms and conditions of employment.
The employer at this point should assume the employee is going to take 52 weeks' leave.
If, in the four weeks before baby is due, the employee is off work with a pregnancy-related illness, maternity leave automatically begins on the following day.
The following 33 weeks will be paid at the SMP rate or 90 per cent of the average weekly earnings whichever is the lower.
April 2019, the rate will increase to £148.68 per week.