The European Commission issued a new policy initiative on the topic of work-life balance under the title ‘New start to address the challenges of work-life balance faced by working families’.
The so called Roadmap on work-life balance substitutes the Commission’s proposal for a new Maternity Leave Directive that was withdrawn from the negotiation process in July 2015 as its adoption was blocked in the EU Council since 2008.
The main objective of the Roadmap is to continue enforcing developments that will tackle the issues of working parents and the persisting high rates of women’s under-representation in employment in the EU.
The Roadmap initiative proposes a mix of legislative and non-legislative measures that aim to ‘modernise current EU legal and policy framework and adapt it to today’s labour market to allow for parents with children or workers with dependent relatives to better balance caring and professional responsibilities’. The Commission’s proposals include the following:
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