Leave for the announcement of the disability or pathology of a child of a private sector employee

Verified 21 July 2023 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Do you have the right to take a specific leave in case of an announcement of a disability, a chronic pathology or a cancer of your child? What are the conditions for taking this leave? How long is the leave? We present you the information you need to know about the leave for the announcement of a child's disability or chronic pathology.

You are entitled to leave specific to the occurrence of a disability, a chronic disease requiring therapeutic learning or cancer of your child.

No seniority requirement is required to be entitled to leave.

These are long-term, progressive pathologies with a strong impact on daily life:

  • Disabling stroke 
  • Type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes 
  • Severe forms of neurological and muscle disorders (including myopathy), severe epilepsy 
  • Severe chronic respiratory failure 
  • Alzheimer's disease and other dementias 
  • Parkinson's disease 
  • Cystic fibrosis 
  • Multiple sclerosis 
  • Cancer

A diagnosis must first be established by a health professional (general practitioner, child psychiatrist...) to recognize your child's disability, chronic pathology or cancer.

You must contact a departmental home for people with disabilities (MDPH).

Who shall I contact

The MDPH assesses your child's needs and sends its assessment to the CDAPH: titleContent.

You must then provide proof to your employer.

The duration of the leave shall be 5 days working days.

Of treaty provisions may provide for a longer duration.

The duration of the leave is not deducted the number of days of paid annual leave.

You must take the leave within the announcement period your child’s disability, chronic disease or cancer, but not necessarily on the same day.

Yes, the 5 days of leave are normally paid, as if they had been worked.

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