Well-being: Can you come to the office with your dog in Luxembourg?


WelfareCan you come to the office with your dog in Luxembourg?

LUXEMBOURG – Luxembourg labor law and public authority regulations do not contain a provision preventing employees from coming to work with their pets. But there are conditions.

It is possible to bring your dog to the office.

It is possible to bring your dog to the office.

The City of Paris will allow its agents not in contact with the public to work with their pets, subject to the consent of the hierarchy and colleagues. A news that has sparked debate among our French neighbors, as opinions are divided on the subject. “Most of the time I haven’t had a problem, except in a company where some people have complained”, testifies Romain *, employed in Luxembourg, in the service sector, who is used to coming with his dog. occupation.

The young man explains that he has never had to complain about a refusal from an employer, as everything was negotiated in advance. And with good reason, there is nothing in theory to prevent a person from arriving at the office with their dog or cat, “the Luxembourg Labor Code contains no provisions regarding pets”, the Ministry of Labor states to The essential.

“The animal’s welfare must be respected”

Ministry of Labour

“If the internal rules do not contain provisions for this, the employer can give permission for this after negotiations on working conditions or within the framework of the social dialogue in the company”, it clarifies again.

The same tolerance for civil servants “provided the agent’s position so permits” and subject to validation by the Chief of Administration. “It is of course also necessary that the welfare of the animal is respected at all times”, continues the ministry. A matter of common sense too, the character of the pet is necessarily evaluated. It is hard to imagine an office worker carrying his hose to the workplace…

Good for health

The prospect of seeing the presence of pets alongside their masters evolve is in line with workers’ desire to enhance well-being at work, in the same way as the increase in telecommuting and better work-life balance.

“Many scientific studies have shown the beneficial effects of the presence of an animal on health,” said Florence Berthout, mayor of the 5th arrondissement of Paris, on the occasion of the proposal in the French capital, referring to a study in 2017, according to which this presence leads to a “23% reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease”.

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