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New proposals would prevent French employers from paying for egg freezing

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Capstan Avocats, the law firm setting the benchmark for labour law in France.
New legal proposals in France would prevent employers from paying for an employee to freeze eggs for future fertility treatment.

The American media, in particular, have been reporting for several years on the financial support provided by some companies to their employees’ reproductive projects. For example, some offer support for women to freeze their eggs, so that they can be used later in life, at an age when the fertility may have declined.

The French Parliament is currently debating a reform of bioethical laws (and in particular a reform of the conditions of access to medically assisted procreation, in order to authorise IVF for single women and female couples).

In this context, a provision was adopted prohibiting the costs relating to the conservation of gametes from being borne by the employer or by any person or structure in relation to whom the person concerned is in a situation of economic dependence.

The stated objective of the French legislator is to prevent any ‘pressure’ from the employer.

The bill is expected to be definitively adopted by summer 2020.