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Corrine Cahen says the new law will benefit families by allowing parents to spend more time with their children
new conditions for parental leave
The government has managed to get its reform of the law governing the congé parental leave through parliament, despite the abstention of the CSV members.
New rules governing parental leave will come into effect on 1 December. Corrine Cahen, minister for the family, said that the new congé parental law will benefit children whose parents will now be able to afford to spend more time with them.
The main changes to the existing law will allow parents to reduce the time they take off work or to choose more flexible modules for their leave. Parents working at least 20 hours a week on a contract will be able to take off 4 or 6 months full time or 12 or 8 months half-time. Those on a full-time contract of 40 hours per week will also be able to choose to take off 1 month 4 times or to work 4 days a week over a 20-month period. However, the latter options must be agreed upon with the employer.
The other major change is that parents taking the congé parental will receive up to 3,200 euros as “compensation” and at least the minimum salary of 1,922 euros, rather than the sum of 1,788 euros under the current law. Parents who have already applied for their congé parental but will take their leave after the new law comes into effect on 1 December will benefit from the new conditions.
The bill was approved by a clear majority in parliament, even though the 23 members of the CSV faction decided to abstain from the vote. The opposition party’s Françoise Hetto-Gaasch said her party had wanted even more flexible modules included in the law and also disapproved of the fact that parents would now receive varying compensation depending on their salary, even though they would all be doing the same job of raising their children during the congé parental.
More on the new law and its implications in the December edition of Delano, published 11 November.