Parents of very sick kids to get a break

Lawmakers are in the process of giving parents with very sick children the same right to take off work as those caring for the terminally ill now have.

The benefit is called a license, and the money to be paid in lieu of salary would come from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

The Asamblea Legislative passed the measure, No. 19433, on first reading Thursday.

The law provides for a 30-day renewable leave from work and payment. Such payments usually are about half of an employee’s salary.

A summary of the bill said the measure grew out of the case of a woman who had a child with grave vision problems.

A physician would have to certify the illness of the child, under terms of the bill.

A law that gives caregivers leave to attend to a terminally ill individual has been on the books since 1997.

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