Are employees allowed to bring an animal to work?
In France, employers can choose whether or not to authorize employees to bring their pet to work. However, a company’s internal rules may prohibit the practice, and in some work environments, animals are forbidden due to risks to health or safety. This is the case for public buildings, healthcare facilities and businesses dealing with food.
Before a company can accept pets at work, it must obtain the consent of the employee representative body – the Social and Economic Committee (SEC) – and check that having animals does not contravene the terms and conditions of the building’s insurance policy.
Note that 13% (1) of pet owners in companies with fewer than 10 employees already bring their four-legged companion to work. And more than 40% (2) of French people think that companies should accept pets at work.