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This Social Protection Committee background report on sick leave and sick pay/sickness benefit schemes in the EU sheds light on the huge variations in the way Member States address absence from work due to sickness. All EU countries provide sick leave and sickness benefits. However, sick pay and benefits schemes vary widely regarding their eligibility conditions, duration and replacement rates.
This report focuses on retirement regimes for workers in arduous and hazardous jobs in 35 European countries. It is based on the country reports prepared by the national independent experts of the European Social Policy Network. The report provides an overview of the end-of-career policy measures and assesses the retirement pathways and income adequacy of workers in arduous and hazardous jobs. It also discusses recent and ongoing reforms, identifies best practices and policy challenges and provides recommendations for EU countries and the EU alike.
This Synthesis Report addresses the work-life balance of carers of dependent persons by examining three main social policy arrangements: leave schemes, cash benefits and benefits in kind. It is based on the 35 country reports produced by the experts of the European Social Policy Network.
The Dutch government’s declared aim is to move from a welfare state to a “participation society” built on citizens’ self-reliance and networking. Large parts of the social security system have been devolved to the municipalities. In response, most municipalities have set up Social Community Teams. The Peer Review held in The Hague (January 2016) discussed the use of SCTs to combat poverty. This report summarises the key issues discussed and the lessons learned. It is available in electronic format in English, French, German and Dutch.
The Peer Review on Prevention and Early Intervention Services to address children at risk of poverty was hosted by the Irish Department of Children and Youth Affairs. The seminar focussed on two priority issues in Ireland’s national children’s strategy: to lift 70,000 children out of consistent poverty by 2020 and to shift policy towards prevention and early intervention. This report summarises the key issues discussed and the lessons learned. It is available in electronic format in English, French and German.