Letter for employers to acknowledge notification of maternity leave.

This letter should be used when only the statutory levels of leave and pay are provided. (Employer must respond within 28 days of receipt of employee’s notification.)


Dear [name of employee],

Congratulations and thank you for telling me about your pregnancy and the date that your baby is due. I am writing to you about your maternity leave and pay.

As we have discussed, you are eligible up to 52 weeks’ maternity leave.

Given your chosen start date [insert date], your maternity leave will end on [insert date].

If you want to change the date your leave starts you must, if at all possible, tell me at least 28 days before your proposed new start date or 28 days before [insert date leave starts] (your original start date), whichever is sooner.

If you decide to return to work before [insert date leave ends], you must give me at least 28 days’ notice.

As we discussed, you are eligible for 39 weeks’ Statutory Maternity Pay/not eligible for Statutory Maternity Pay [delete as appropriate].

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) is paid at 90% of your basic pay for six weeks and then statutory maternity allowance for 33 weeks. Therefore, your maternity pay will be £[insert amount] from [insert date] to [insert date] and £[insert amount] from [insert date] to [insert date].


The form SMP1 (enclosed) explains why you do not qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay. You may however be entitled to Maternity Allowance. If you take this form to the Jobcentre Plus or Social Security Office at [insert local details], they will be able to tell you more.

As your employer I want to make sure that your health and safety as a pregnant mother are protected while you are working, and that you are not exposed to risk. I have already carried out an assessment to identify hazards in our workplace that could be a risk to any new, expectant, or breastfeeding mothers. Now you have told me you are pregnant I will arrange for a specific risk assessment of your job and we will discuss what actions to take if any problems are identified. If you have any further concerns, following this assessment and specifically in relation to your pregnancy, please let me know immediately.

If you decide not to return to work you must still give me proper notice. Your decision will not affect your entitlement to SMP.

If you have any questions about any aspect of your maternity entitlement, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. I wish you well.

Yours sincerely,