Can an employee on work stoppage take training?

Verified 17 January 2023 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Yes, during a work stoppage, an employee can take training. But for that, he must get the agreement of his doctor.

This must be one of the following:

It may also involve monitoring actions in which the primary health insurance fund (CPAM) participates. These are the measures relating to evaluation, support, information and advice.

Example :

Accompanying actions include in particular the framed test. This test allows the beneficiary to assess, during the stoppage of work, within his company or another company, the compatibility of a workstation with his state of health.

The employee must go to his/her attending physician to obtain his/her written consent.

The employee must then forward this agreement by post to its CPAM: titleContent, preferably by registered letter with notice of receipt.

The duration of the training must be compatible with the estimated duration of the work stoppage for the CPAM to give its agreement.

This agreement is then transmitted to the employee and the employer.

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The employee continues to receive the daily allowances paid by the Social Security while he is in training.


The employee's employment contract is suspended during the periods during which the employee who has stopped work is receiving training. Thus, for example, on his return to the company, the employee must return to his job or a similar job, with at least equivalent pay.

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