A6.1 If your baby is born prematurely or before the notified expected week of confinement all entitlements for maternity leave and pay are the same as if your baby were born full term. If your baby is born before the 11th week of EDC and you have worked during that week, your maternity leave will start on your 1st day of absence. If you have been off on certified sick, your maternity leave will commence the day after the birth.
A6.2 Yes it is a legal requirement that you take a minimum of 2 weeks immediately after the birth however the occupational scheme rules allow you to return to work and take the rest of your leave when your baby comes home by mutual agreement between you and your manager. However, if you choose to do this you will forfeit SMP at the lower rate for each week worked.
A6.3 If your baby is born late this does not affect the payment of SMP.