The plenary session of the Congress of the Republic approved, unanimously with 99 votes, the bill that establishes paid leave in the event of the death of close relatives of workers in the country’s private sector.
The purpose of the measure is to establish the right of the worker in private activity to enjoy labor rights in the event of the death of your spouse, parents, children or siblingssince it was not currently provided for in the regulatory framework, it was only mandatory for the public sector.
The president of the Work Commission, Sigrid Bazán, indicated that the aforementioned license would be granted for a period of 5 calendar days, and may be extended up to 3 additional calendar days when the death occurs in a different geographical location where the worker’s work center is located; that is, up to 8 days. During this period, the worker will enjoy paid leave.
The initiative also contemplates pre-existing rights when the benefits obtained by workers on this matter, by unilateral decision or by collective agreement, remain in force as long as they are more favorable to the worker, among other aspects. In the same way, some complementary provisions are contemplated that indicate to the Executive Power, to issue the complementary provisions within the framework of its powers for the fulfillment of this law.
“It is a rule of the utmost importance for the country’s workers, which will allow them to accompany their families in the most difficult moments of life when they lose their loved ones. They may enjoy paid leave in the event of the death of a spouse, parents, children or siblings. It would no longer be necessary for this issue to be seen through collective negotiations with the unions of the private sector and that will benefit thousands of workers and their families,” Bazán said.