Health care is a priority for everyone, and in this sense, the Government of Chile has implemented an initiative that seeks to facilitate preventive medical examinations for workers. Through a modification to the Labor Code, a special permit was established that allows employees to perform exams such as mammograms, prostate exams, and Pap smears without deducting work time. job.
This permission it can be used once a year and is applicable to workers with labor contracts of more than 30 days. It is important to take into account that the benefit must be requested one week in advance, notifying the employer of the date on which the preventive exams will be carried out. Subsequently, proof of medical care must be presented to prove that the exams were carried out at the stipulated time.
The law also considers the possibility of increasing the time of leave to be absent from job in the event that the worker needs to travel to and from the health institution, considering geographical factors, transportation, and availability of medical equipment.
It is important to mention that this permission it is not limited to just the specific exams mentioned above, but can also be used for other preventative medical exams. The objective is to encourage the prevention of diseases, such as cancer, and promote a culture of health care among workers.
In order to apply for this permit, it is necessary to meet certain requirements, such as having a contract of job of more than 30 days and make use of the benefit at least 30 days after starting the employment relationship. This also applies to workers with fixed-term contracts or for works or tasks, who may use the permit at any time during the term of their contract.