No Maternity Leave for Women/surrogacy/ for Now

28th March 2014
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No Maternity Leave for Women/surrogacy for Now

The European Court of Justice declared on the 18th February 2014 that  women who become mothers through surrogacy cannot claim maternity leave. The declaration was made in the case of a woman refused paid maternity leave by her employer after the birth of her baby through a surrogacy arrangement.

It was held that an employer’s refusal to provide maternity leave in such a case “does not constitute discrimination on grounds of sex”

The woman involved had taken her case to a tribunal in Newcastle upon Tyne, claiming discrimination on grounds of sex and/or pregnancy and maternity under the Equality Act 2010. The tribunal ruled in 2011 that she was not entitled to maternity pay because that right rests with the child’s birth mother.

This decision does tend to go against the general principle that mothers should have the opportunity to bond with their babies and therefore be given time off work paid by their employers. However from April 2015 the law in Britain is set to change to enable people intending to become parents via surrogacy to claim paid leave.

Please contact Daven Naghen, Head of our Employment Team on 01775 722261 or by email on daven.naghen@maplessolicitors.com for information on any Employment related matters.


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Free Wills Month in October

Maples are pleased to announce that they are taking part in Free Wills Month throughout October. If you are aged 55 or over you can make your Will for free and have the opportunity to help one or more of the sponsoring charities in the process. Appointments are limited in number and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

For further details please contact a member of our Wills and Probate Department:-

Jane Mawer- jane.mawer@maplessolicitors.com
Jamie Dobbs- jamie.dobbs@maplessolicitors.com
Faye Blair- faye.blair@maplessolcitors.com

Or telephone the office 01775 722261 and ask to speak with one of the team.

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