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Science Museum Group (SMG)

The Science Museum Group encompasses the Science Museum, the National Railway Museum, the Science & Industry Museum, the Science & Media Museum and Locomotion. Making us the world’s greatest alliance of science museums. We use our passion, creativity and an unparalleled collection spanning science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine to inspire the futures of over five million visitors each year.


9 Apr 2024

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Enhanced Maternity Policy

Enhanced Maternity Policy

Enhanced Maternity Policy

Enhanced Maternity Policy

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If 26 weeks service, or more, by 15th week before your baby is born, earning £123 or more a week, you are entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)
If you have 52 weeks service, or more, at the expected week of childbirth, you are entitled to enhanced Occupational Maternity Pay - called OMP.

This depends on your contract, so best to ask for advice from the team if you have questions, but for most colleagues this is 26-weeks at your full pay, then SMP for weeks 27-39. The remaining weeks, 40-52, are unpaid.

In summary, while it will depend on contract type, if you have over 52 weeks of service you will receive:
Weeks 1-26: Full pay
Weeks 27-39: SMP only
Weeks 40-52: Unpaid

How long do you have to work at the company to qualify?

52 weeks

If you decide to cease employment whilst on leave what is the clawback policy?

If you have received enhanced enhanced OMP during your Maternity Leave, you must return to work for at least three months, otherwise your OMP will need to be repaid.

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