«The sentimental bond between humans and pets is increasingly important. Consequently, when the animal dies, a considerable emotional impact is generated in the human being. This is why it is important that people can assume mourning and its various phases, in particular the first phase, in a time and in an intimate space where commitments or work tasks do not interfere in this process of acceptance and emotional trauma “Alejandro Carlos Chacón motivates the bill presented to the Colombian parliament to allow those who work to take paid leave of two days in the event of mourning for the death of their pet. Obviously, the bill provides for specific rules: the employee must communicate to the company that there is a pet in the family and it is up to him to present evidence on the bereavement suffered, and, in the case of fakes or scams, he could be sanctioned by own company.
The bill, which also bears the signature of Carlos Ardila, is waiting to face its first debate in the Parliamentary Commission: «Animals that are part of families are dear beings and protagonists of families. Currently, six out of ten households have pets. When a first-line relative (child, parent, partner, sibling) dies, you are entitled to five days of paid leave. This bill has the great purpose of granting a two-day leave when the animal is dead. The self-employed worker will have the right to two days of paid leave to be able to cry for his animal ».
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