WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Colombia is planning to give its workers two days’ paid leave if their pets pass away.
- This is a part of new laws being planned in the South American country.
- According to the bill author, the law will help “overcome the grief and pain of losing these beloved animals without being preoccupied with their jobs.”
Workers in Colombia will be given two days’ paid leave to mourn for their deceased pets. This policy is a part of new laws being planned in the country.
Politician Alejandro Carlos Chacon, the bill’s author, said it would oblige employers to pay two days of paid leave following the death of an employee’s beloved pet.
According to the news site El Tiempo, Chacon said: “Some people do not have children but they do have a much-loved pet with which they develop a deep brotherly bond.”
The new law will help people “overcome their grief and pain of losing these beloved animals without being preoccupied with their jobs,” added Chacon, a member of the Colombian Liberal Party.
The politician went on to say that the bill will be embraced by the majority of Colombian families. Reports say six out of 10 households in Colombia have a “pet”.
However, the law does not consider an exotic animal as a pet. It describes a pet as an animal with which the owner has a “strong sentimental bond”.
The death of an exotic animal will not make its owner eligible for two paid days’ mourning.
Additionally, an employee would be eligible to the paid leave only if they notified their employer about the pet’s condition before its death. Proof will also be required.
Concerns about employees lying about this have been raised, but the bill will discourage this by issuing fines of an unspecified amount.
The bill will undergo four debates between the Senate and the House of Representatives before it can be passed into law.
Source: The Sun