The European Commission has today launched a public consultation on how to improve work-life balance and reduce obstacles to women's participation in the labour market, thereby contributing to the employment headline target of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
This consultation follows the withdrawal of the Commission's 2008 proposal to amend the 1992 Maternity Leave Directive. The Commission committed to replacing that proposal with a 'new start' initiative in its Work Programme for 2016. It will seek
A consultation with the EU social partners on possible improvements to EU legislation on work-life balance was launched on 11 November.
The consultation document gives an overview of the main challenges of work-life balance for parents and people with caring responsibilities and takes stock of EU-level measures already in place. In parallel to the social partner consultation on legislative measures, the consultation launched today invites the public to provide feedback on the challenges and a possible range of EU-level policy responses.
Such measures could include