by Sofia Francioni
In France, on an experimental basis for a year, the Louis furniture factory included the menstrual leave. A full day paid every 30 days that the 8 employees of the company can use to stop during the most painful days of the cycle. In an interview, Louis CEO Thomas Devineaux explained that the measure is beneficial to everyone. Not just for women. “Employees do not have to produce any medical certificates and there is no need for authorizations. In case of painful periods just inform the manager. We work in an atmosphere of flexibility and thus avoid unforeseen events during production. It is important that they exist in the workplace trust And Welfareby doing so we hope to encourage other companies to follow our example “.
Menstrual leave in Italy and in the rest of the world
Forerunner country for menstrual leave in the world is Japan, which introduced it in 1947, followed by Indonesia. In Spain, from 2021, the municipality of Girona guarantees eight hours off work for women with dysmenorrhea or endometriosis. While, nationwide, the government has just inserted an article on menstrual leave in a new abortion bill, providing the stop at work from three to five days in the event of a painful cycle, in addition to the obligation of free hygiene products in schools: but the process and parliamentary discussion are still unknown.
In France, the Louis furniture factory experiment, supported by companies Marédoc, Apres La Collective And Intimina, remain isolated cases given that the French law on national labor does not contain rules on the subject. And, while Scotland is the first nation in the world to provide free sanitary pads, in Italy menstrual leave is a dead letter: in 2016 some Pd deputies presented to the Chamber a bill for the institution of leave for women suffering from dysmenorrheafor maximum three days per month and subject to a certificate from the specialist doctor. The deputies started from some data: “between 60 and 90% of women suffer during the menstrual cycle and this causes rates of 13% to 51% of absenteeism at school and from 5% to 15% of absenteeism in work”. The leave would be aimed at workers with subordinate or para-subordinate employment contracts, full or part time, open-ended, fixed-term or project-based. But the debate, like the proposal, are still stuck in 2016.