I am about to set up an auto-entrepreneur (sole proprietorship) business for my writing since I am now a permanent resident of France. My husband immediately called the RSI to confirm, and then called again 5 minutes later to verify again.
Maternity leave is provided to women business owners to prevent the risk of having a premature baby by overworking ourselves while pregnant. It is a way to encourage pregnant women to rest and relax while preparing for their little bundles of joy to enter the world, and then not jump back into work too quickly after giving birth. Considering that women business owners in the USA get absolutely nothing from the government when pregnant, I considered this an extremely generous and surprising maternity package.
There are two parts of the maternity benefits. The first is the daily allowance for business interruption (l’indemnité journalière forfaitaire d’interruption d’activité) and the second is the lump sum for resting (l’allocation forfaitaire de repos maternel).
Allowance for Business Interruption:
2,130.48 euros for 44 days
2,856.78 euros for 59 days
3,583.08 euros for 74 days
Lump Sum for Resting: 2,946 euros
(The amounts change depending on if having multiple births, complications, adopting one child or adopting multiple children).
Women must stop working for at least 44 days, with 14 of those days being before their expected due date. The time period can be extended by one or two periods of 15 consecutive days. In the case of complications or multiple births, additional compensation is provided. Half of the lump sum for resting is given when the woman is 7 months pregnant, then the rest is provided after birth.
So if I take 74 days off, I would get a grand total of 6,529.08 euros (about $9,300 USD) . I already feel my blood pressure decreasing and anxiety leaving my body. Before I was so focused on working extra hard before she is born so that I have saved enough to take time off. Now I can just relax, work normally and not be stressed about being out of work for two months. The French government accomplished its mission. My little girl will have one zen mamma waiting for her in the delivery room.
What about Paternal Leave for Our Auto-Entrepreneur Pappas?
They get 532.62 euros for taking 11 days off for single births, or 871.56 euros for taking 18 days of in the case of multiple births. He must provide a sworn statement that he took off those days and some paperwork proving that he is now a pappa. We already planned on him taking time off of work, so it was a welcoming surprised that now he will get some compensation for it.
Want to find out more? Check out RSI’s website for more information (all in French).
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