Parental leave reform

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Date:
05 Feb 2016

Parental leave reform

By:
Laurence Savelli, Lorraine Chéry

Bill no. 6935 on parental leave reform

Bill no. 6935 on parental leave reform was submitted to the Chamber of Deputies on 15 January 2016. The main objectives of the parental leave reform is to encourage conciliation between family life and professional life, to create a solid relationship between children and their parents, to respond parents’ needs better, to increase the proportion of fathers benefiting from this in order to foster equal opportunities, and to increase the number of people using it in general.

The key changes introduced by reform are as follows: 

  • Increasing the children's age providing entitlement to parental leave: It is thus becoming possible to be able to claim parental leave provided the child is under the age of 6, or 12 in the case of adoption.
  • New durations of parental leave: The new parental leave allows 2 parents to stop working during:
    • 4 or 6 months on a full time basis or,
    • 8 or 12 months on a part time basis with the employer consent
  • Introduction of divisible parental leave for people working full-time: The Bill provides the possibility of split parent leave:
    • with reduction of the working hours by 20% per week for a period of 20 months, or
    • over 4 one-month periods for a maximum period of 20 months.

These arrangements require mutual agreement between the employee and the employer, and must be set out in a parental leave plan, to be submitted together with the request to the “Children's Future Fund” (Caisse pour l’avenir des enfants).

If the employer refuses parental leave part-time, it should present the employee with an alternative proposal. If the employee does not agree with the employer’s alternative proposal, he/she continues to be entitled to full-time parental leave, as he/she chooses, of 4 or 6 months. 

  • Introduction of a real replacement income: the fixed-rate allowance is replaced with a real replacement income with a lower limited of €1,992.96 a month (statutory minimum monthly wage to unskilled employees) and with an upper limit of €3,200 a month (based on a full-time schedule).

Bill no. 6935 on parental leave reform