To be entitled to statutory maternity pay an employee must have::
- Worked for you continuously (full or part-time), for at least 26 weeks up to 15 weeks before the baby's due.
- Average earnings at least equal to the lower earnings limit for National Insurance Contributions.
- Given the notice of when they would like maternity payments to start.
For the latest information on statutory maternity pay, take a look at the GOV UK website.