During a press conference on January 7, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that as of January 10, a person with symptoms or being in contact will be able to obtain an “immediate” compensated work stoppage without a waiting period. This measure should make it possible to “gain in efficiency” in the face of the Covid as the epidemic worsens.
To do this, you will need to register on the Health Insurance website. “Health insurance will carry out a systematic follow-up with two to three telephone calls over 7 days. Each person declared positive will be offered a home visit by a nurse from January 20,” said the Prime Minister.
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Concern of CPME
The Confederation of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (CPME) on January 8 expressed its fears about “uncontrolled absenteeism” and “a very sharp increase in work stoppages.”
The organization asks the government to put in place “a framework avoiding abuses of all kinds.” According to her, the measure “would be likely to lead to a very strong increase in sick leaves and would open the door to uncontrolled absenteeism that could disrupt businesses “.
The symptoms that will make it possible to obtain sick leave will be as follows: fever, dry cough, fatigue, body aches, sore throat, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of smell or taste, rash, discoloration of the fingers or toes, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath and feeling tight or painful.