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We are in a surrogacy agreement for a child. The child will be born to a surrogate in India, however my wife would like to better understand her rights regarding maternity leave/pay.
Specifically relating to confidentiality - we don't want the employer to know that the child will be born via a surrogate as:
1) The employer is a business with connections to family members
2) The direct manager is not trusted
Yes, I am biologically related to the child and therefore will be applying for parental order when we arrive back in the UK.
The baby is expected to be born at the end of January 2016, however we need to make a decision whether to apply for maternity leave/pay for my wife, or to resign from her position in order to maintain confidentiality. Thanks
In terms of informing the employer, we can do that anytime from now - however we don't want to inform them that we are undergoing surrogacy - if that makes sense.
So ultimately, the question is: Can we claim for maternity leave/pay as an intended mother under surrogacy, without informing the employer that we are undergoing surrogacy due to confidentiality issues. Thanks.
Thanks. Based on this, it seems there is no way to claim pay from the employer without informing them that this is under adoption leave - via surrogacy, as we will also need to provide matching proof - which is what we do not want to do.
It seems a little unfair as this is not in the best interests of the child or mother - and we will have little choice but to lose out on the financial benefit, as well as lose her job in order to protect ours and the child's confidentiality.