A1.1 If you are expecting a baby you will need to submit to your manager a MATB1 form or a letter from your midwife or doctor that confirms the week your baby is due. This week is called the Expected Week of Confinement or EWC.
A1.2 You should tell your manager as soon as possible but no later than 15 weeks before the EWC. You will receive a MATB1 from your midwife or GP once you are at least 20 weeks pregnant. To find the 15th 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.
A1.3 Yes, Once you have informed your employer of your maternity leave your employer has 28 days to write to you confirming the date your maternity leave will end. If you are not entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), you will also be given a Form SMP1, which you should use to claim Maternity Allowance from Job Centre Plus.