Work can adapt to breast cancer

Three months after the announcement of breast cancer, only 24% of women are still working. For all, adjustments are possible both in remuneration and working time.

In 2014, on Valentine's Day, Myriam Pavie learns that she has breast cancer. This maternal assistant stops a few days after her operation, then decides to return to work while continuing her treatments. " Colleagues replaced me two hours in the mornings when I went to the hospital. Work continued, so life too. The children changed my ideas, they prevented me from thinking about the disease Recalls Myriam, now in remission.

54,062 women are affected by breast cancer each year. Some stop working, others requalify or work part time. For all, solutions are proposed.

When the diagnosis of breast cancer falls and treatments start, there is no law to inform employers, superiors or colleagues. Nevertheless, the continuation of the work in parallel of the treatments turns out complicated and especially tiring. According to the National Institute of Health and Medical Research, three months after the announcement of the diagnosis, only 24% of people still work, but they are 75% after 5 years.

Allowances by status

For patients of working age who are forced into sick leave, benefits vary according to status. Employees of the general and agricultural system as well as artisans and independent tradesmen and industry can benefit from daily allowances; they amount to 50% of the reference gross salary for a maximum of three years. As for the job seekers, their amount is based on the latest payslips.

On the public sector side, contract officials are asking for critical illness leave of three to six months, renewable for up to four years. The salary is maintained the first year; the following ones, the patients touch it at 50%. Same plan for the permanent agents, called Long Leave Disease, for three years maximum.

Finally, farmers, by decision of the Mutualité Sociale et Agricole, are entitled to a disability pension.

For all plans, after the statutory retirement age, patients must apply for retirement for incapacity for work.

Therapeutic part-time

Women who wish, like Myriam, to resume their professional activity after a work stoppage, will be able to opt for a relatively flexible therapeutic half-time, that is to say, work at 40, 50 or 60% of the time. This allows you to gradually resume the old activity, with the same salary. The company pays the hours worked and the social security pays the missing sum to reach the full-time salary. This contract is renewable for a maximum of four years, from which time must be subtracted from the sick leave.

Reclassification sometimes

Some patients can no longer work in the same position within their company. They will choose the vocational rehabilitation contract, from three months to one year renewable. The professional reclassification makes it possible to change professional orientation, to carry out internships or to obtain a new diploma.

The disease itself can not be grounds for dismissal. But this one is possible for unfitness to work. In this case, the patient can ask various organizations for a skills assessment and training.

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