Paternity leave is doubled from July 1

A father and his baby. Illustrative photo. (CORTIER CLAUDE / MAXPPP)

Paternity leave doubles by creating a mandatory seven-day “sanctuary” period. Seven days during which the employer will not be able to make the new dad work. The three days of birth leave, plus the first four days of the new formula paternity leave. This obligation to take seven days applies to all employees in the private sector as well as to civil servants.

The law of December 14 aims to allow a better “child development”, and also to “establish more equality between women and men.” It is now coming into action, with the publication of a decree, which specifies the terms of this new paternity leave which was previously 14 days – three mandatory days and eleven optional days. It is now 28 days. Always three days, plus 25 days. But it can be extended to 35 days in the event of multiple births. The duration can also be extended if the child is hospitalized immediately after birth. Ditto in the event of the mother’s death.

This leave can be divided and taken in two installments, provided that neither of the two absences is less than five days. You must notify your employer a month in advance of the expected date of delivery. Then inform his manager of the dates and the duration of the leave that we intend to take at least one month before the start of each period of leave.

These measures apply from July 1, but if the baby should arrive after July 1 and the delivery is brought forward, for example to June 15, then the law still applies: we will be entitled to leave. extended paternity.

The indemnities remain the same. The first three days are the responsibility of the employer, that does not change. During the remainder of the paternity leave, daily allowances are received. The law has not increased the amount of these indemnities. They range from 9.66 euros to 89.03 euros per day depending on his salary.

According to the impact study of the law, it is the unemployed and fixed-term contracts who use paternity leave the least. These benefit from an almost full replacement of their net salary. High pay levels are already taking their paternity leave to a large extent.

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