Offbeat For the first time in France, a company grants a menstrual leave to its employees

00:10  16 april  2021
00:10  16 april  2021 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Pour la première fois en France, une entreprise accorde un congé menstruel à ses salariées © Copyright 2021, OBS

is a unique experimental measure in France. The Cooperative The Collective, based in Montpellier (Hérault), has been granting since January 1 to its female staff one day of additional leave per month to cope with the constraints encountered during their rules, report "The Cross" and FranceInfo. The agreement is experimental and will be evaluated in one year. The small company has 16 women out of 37 employees.

"This is an important social advance to promote the quality of life at work and equal opportunities between men and women," explains Dimitri Lamoureux, co-manager of the cooperative in the social news site today -RH. "This leave avoids double punishment: physical pain and loss of salary". Especially since the activity of the cooperative does not allow teleworking. It is a SCOP, a cooperative production company specializing in the recruitment of donors for the benefit of NGOs or charitable or ecological associations.

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No need for the Physician

box concretely, this day of additional leave is optional and must be placed on the actual working time. Any employee who feels the need can send an email at the last moment to the director of the company to ask him for leave. The salary will be fully paid to the absent employee.

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A "False Good Idea"?

This leave questions feminist associations. "It's a wrong idea. The intention is good. The idea is good, "says Fabienne el-Khoury, spokesman for the association dare feminism, on frencheinfo , but" many women will hesitate to take this leave for fear of being stigmatized ", estimate-t -it.

"I think that we must already destigmatize, that is, the whole society does not think it's normal to have painful rules. And in a second step, it could be a good idea and not just a single day, because for many women, it lasts longer "


In other countries, menstrual leave has already been established for a long time. Asia is ahead of the subject. In Japan, it was introduced in 1947. South Korea and Indonesia did the same in 2001. In Italy, some companies also apply.

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Under South Korean law, women can ask for a day off each month if they have painful periods. What is menstrual leave? It allows women to take one or two days off a month, sometimes unpaid, when they are having their period Exists in a number of jurisdictions, including Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan and Hong Kong However, the take-up among women is often low Supporters say menstrual leave is as important for women as maternity leave, a recognition of a basic biological process.

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