This LFI amendment comes within the framework of a text aimed at “protecting the parents of a living child”, it had been rejected by the former Minister of Labor Muriel Pénicaud three years ago.
Finally a proof of humanity. The National Assembly voted unanimously Thursday evening in favor of extending the minimum leave for the death of a child, increasing it from 5 to 12 days in the Labor Code. The deputies adopted an LFI amendment to this effect, as part of the examination of a bill from the Horizons group which aims to improve support for families of seriously ill children.
The rebellious Frédéric Mathieu defended this extension, necessary for “carry out administrative procedures» et «materialaround a death. “No day off will ever replace the loss of a child“, he also underlined. The Labor Code currently provides for five days for the death of a child, or seven working days if he is under 25 years old. For the death of a child under the age of 25, a “parental bereavement leave» of eight additional divisible days, partly covered by Social Security.
The initial rejection by the Assembly three years ago of an extension of the leave in the Labor Code, which was proposed by Guy Bricout (UDI), had sparked a wave of indignation, and the Minister of Labor of time Muriel Pénicaud had found herself in the hot seat. The deputies avoided reproducing such an episode on Thursday evening, but the rapporteur Paul Christophe (Horizons) said to himself “quite embarrassed» that this amendment intervene within the framework of a text aiming at «protect the parents of a living child“. He instead invited, but to no avail, to take stock of the 2020 layout.
The Minister for Solidarity Jean-Christophe Combe underlined that “we can only agree on this subjectof bereavement leave, and relied on thewisdomof the Assembly.
Considered at first reading, the bill on “the protection of families of children suffering from an illness or a handicap or victims of a particularly serious accident”, was also adopted unanimously and must now pass in the Senate. It plans to increase from two to five days the duration for the parents of the leave for announcing the occurrence of a disability or a chronic pathology of a child.
The text also provides for prohibiting the dismissal of any employee parent concerned, facilitating access to teleworking or even keeping them in the accommodation, under conditions, in the event of lease renewal.
RN deputies provoked widespread disapproval by presenting amendments in order to reserve certain measures for parents, at least one of whom is of French nationality. Mr. Combe denounced a “limitless inhumanity».