Latest Service Update - July 2020:

We continue to experience a large volume of customer contact however we have made good progress with many workstreams over the last few weeks. For the coming few weeks ahead, here are some service and furlough related updates to be aware of:

1. Our phones will be open everyday from 9am to 1pm. We anticipate our phone lines to be extra busy over the coming weeks, if you cannot get through, you can email covid19queries@stafftax.co.uk or info@stafftax.co.uk (for non Furlough/Covid19 queries)

2. If you have yet to make your first furlough claim we encourage you to do this as there is now a deadline of the 31st July. The Furlough Portal has a detailed step by step guide on how to claim, alternatively email covid19queries@stafftax.co.uk.

3. If your employee has returned to work after a period of being on furlough, you can let us know by simply visiting the Furlough Portal and go to Step 7 'End Furlough'.

4. We will continue to furlough your employee until you either inform us to:

a. End Furlough, which can be done via the Furlough Portal. b. Apply part time/ flexible furlough, which can be done via the Furlough Portal. c. Make your employee redundant. To find out more about this, visit out contact us page. d. Tell us your nanny has left, which you can do via the Members Area.


 To read all our latest Covid-19/Furlough related FAQs click here. To access our newly built Furlough Portal click here

Natural Fit

Statutory Maternity Pay

If your employee is pregnant, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about maternity:

Is my pregnant employee entitled to maternity leave?

Yes. Regardless of her length of service with you she is entitled to 52 weeks' maternity leave. Whether she gets statutory maternity pay during her maternity leave is another question (see below).

She is also entitled to be paid time off for midwife appointments and for any appointments made on the advice of her midwife, GP or health visitor. For example, this will include scans and may include ante natal classes.

Your employee will accrue holiday while on maternity leave.

Is my pregnant employee entitled to maternity pay?

She is entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) if she has been working for you for 26 weeks or more prior to the 'notification week', which is 15 weeks before the baby's due date.

How much maternity pay does my pregnant employee get?

The first 6 weeks of Statutory Maternity Pay is paid at 90% of the employee's gross wage. The remaining 33 weeks are at the current SMP rate of £151.20 or 90% of the employee's weekly salary, whichever is lower.

Any additional pay is at the employers discretion. Additional pay cannot be reclaimed.

Tax and National Insurance still need to be deducted, as with standard pay.

Can I claim maternity pay back from the government?

Yes, usually. If you are a Stafftax client we will do this for you.

What notice does she need to give me?

She must tell you at least 15 weeks before her due date. Notice does not need to be given in writing.

She must give you 28 days' notice of the date she intends to start her maternity leave, and she may not start maternity leave earlier than 11 weeks before her due date.

She must give you eight weeks' notice of her return to work date.

Any more questions?

Clients and prospective clients are invited to call or email us with any further questions.

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