Definitions

Expected week of childbirth (EWC)

The week, beginning on the Sunday in which it is expected that the baby will be born. To work out the15th week before the EWC, find the Sunday before the due date (unless your baby is due on a Sunday, in which case use the due date), and count back 15 weeks.

Maternity leave

The time, before and after the baby is born, when the member of staff is not at work. Maternity leave is split up into a number of elements which are Compulsory Maternity Leave (CML), Ordinary Maternity Leave (OML), Additional Maternity Leave (AML) and University Maternity Leave (UML).

CML
OML
AML
UML
The two weeks from the date of childbirth The first 26 weeks of maternity leave The following 26 weeks of maternity leave A further 11 weeks of maternity leave

Maternity pay

The pay that you get during maternity leave. The type and amount will depend on certain qualifying conditions and the length of leave taken.

Statutory maternity pay (SMP)

This is the minimum maternity paid paid to a member of staff who qualifies as set out in legislation

Maternity allowance (MA)

Staff who are not entitled to SMP will be able to claim MA from the Benefits Agency

MAT B1

A medical certificate provided by your doctor or midwife which gives the expected week of childbirth. This can’t be issued until 20 weeks before the EWC.

Qualifying conditions/week

The amount of pay a member of staff will receive will be dependent on whether or not they satisfy certain qualifying conditions. To qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay, and enhanced University Maternity Pay you must have more than 26 weeks continuous service with the University at the 15th week before Expected Week of Childbirth. To work out the15th week before the EWC, find the Sunday before the due date (unless your baby is due on a Sunday, in which case use the due date), and count back 15 weeks.