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Preserving Competence and Well-Being at Work: Extending the Activity of Civil Servants

In a world where life expectancy is increasing and career paths are diversifying, it becomes essential to understand the rules governing the extension of professional activity.

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Civil servants are given the opportunity to continue working beyond their statutory age limit. This article aims to clarify the conditions for civil servants who wish to extend their career.

Conditions for the Extension of Activity

In several cases, an extension of activity may be granted. A civil servant can ask to remain active until the age of 67 if this corresponds to their well-being and professional ambitions. However, this extension is subject to specific conditions:

  • It can be extended for up to three years due to parental responsibilities, especially for children entitled to family benefits or for adults with disabilities in care.
  • Civil servants who have raised a child fallen for France or who have reached an insufficient number of quarters of service can also request a postponement of the retirement age.
  • However, this extension of activity cannot be requested if the civil servant is on long-term sickness or long-term leave, or if part-time therapeutic leave is in progress.

The Application and Aptitude Evaluation Process

To finalize their extension request, civil servants must undergo a medical evaluation by an accredited physician certifying their capacity to continue their professional activity. This certificate, a crucial part of the file, must be submitted to the public employer six months before the age limit. The medical council‘s role is central in the final evaluation, and its conclusions can be contested by the civil servant or the employer. A period of silence of more than three months on the request is equivalent to implicit acceptance.

End of the Activity Extension and Retirement Admission

The end of the extension can occur in various situations, such as the civil servant’s unfitness for their duties, the decision of the public employer, or at the request of the agent. Retirement is then pronounced, whether it is linked to the age limit or to a disability. Civil servants must be aware that remaining active is a right that comes with duties, both in terms of their health and their professional efficiency.

In conclusion:

The extension of civil servants’ activity reflects a will to value experience while preserving the quality of public service. It balances individual interests with those of the administration, respecting the capacities of each agent. By integrating these new provisions, the public service adapts to contemporary demographic realities and promotes sustainable and responsible work.

Philippe Casanova

Specialist in occupational medicine and forensic medicine.

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