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|My employee is pregnant - what do I do?|
At Stafftax we deal with domestic employees on maternity leave on a daily basis, and with over 15 years experience we understand the many different situations employers can find themselves in. To help answer some of the most frequently asked questions, we've put together a Q&A (see below), but if you have more questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Q. Is my employee entitled to Maternity leave?
Q. What is the amount of SMP?
Q. Who foots the bill for SMP?
Q. Does the employee qualify for holiday while she is on maternity leave?
|A step-by-step guide to make sure your employee can work in the UK|
When you consider employing someone you must carry out basic document checks to ensure the person is entitled to work in the UK. Nannytax has put together a guide to help you with this process.
|Always agree a gross wage with your employee|
Employers often agree a net (i.e. take-home) wage with their employee, but in reality they are always paid a gross salary, with tax and National Insurance Contributions deducted and paid to HMRC on a quarterly basis by the employer. Although many domestic employers tend to look on this as an additional cost, it is actually part of the employee's gross wage.
If you agree a fixed net wage you are committing yourself to paying all of your employee’s income tax and NI to make up their gross wage, irrespective of their individual tax code or tax position.
Please also be aware that a gross wage is not the total cost to you as an employer. In addition to this you have to pay an Employer’s National Insurance Contribution, which is not part of the employee’s gross wage. This extra sum will be advised to you when we send your first payslip for your employee.