166(1) Statutory maternity pay shall be payable to a woman–
(a)at the earnings-related rate, in respect of the first 6 weeks in respect of which it is payable; and
(b)at whichever is the lower of the earnings-related rate and such weekly rate as may be prescribed, in respect of the remaining portion of the maternity pay period.
166(1A) In subsection (1) “week” means any period of seven days.
166(2) The earnings-related rate is a weekly rate equivalent to 90 per cent of a woman’s normal weekly earnings for the period of 8 weeks immediately preceding the 14th week before the expected week of confinement.