A law will allow in Uruguay to be absent from work to go to pregnancy controls

Employers must receive two days notice, but may not deny the request
Employers must receive two days notice, but may not deny the request

A law approved by the Chamber of Deputies will allow people to take time off work to attend routine medical check-ups during pregnancy. These hours -maximum four per month, with exceptions- will not be deducted from the salary and will be counted as time worked.

The project was presented by the deputy of the Colorado Party Sebastián Sanguinetti and establishes that “every worker, both in private and public activity, whatever the legal nature of their employment or functional relationship, will have the right to be absent from their place. of work, up to four hours a month, for the purpose of accompanying your spouse, concubine or partner to pregnancy controls and corresponding routines.

In other words, the same benefit will apply to the spouses, concubines or partners of pregnant people: “Any of the people mentioned in the previous articles may access said benefit by presenting a certificate, which must bear the signature and seal of the treating physician and in the that the type of control, week of pregnancy and date and time of the exam should be established”.

In addition, whoever is going to receive the benefit must notify the employer at least two days in advance. However, this person may not “under any circumstances” deny you the possibility of being absent.

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If the doctor considers it “necessary or recommendable”, the four hours allowed per month may be increased for the correct performance of studies and additional controls. In any case, they will not have to be specified “directly or indirectly the causes and/or pathologies that warrant the assessment”.

As Sanguinetti declared to Underlined, “not all employers give this permission and there are endless situations that affect the worker, such as the reduction of hours, the refusal to leave. So these workers have to postpone those controls, with all the seriousness that this entails, or else schedule themselves with specialists they do not trust, who are not the ones with whom they were treated.”

The bill seeks to continue the fight against the criminalization of motherhood at work, which, in part, widens the gender gap. It still remains to be voted on in the Senate for it to be approved.


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