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 delivers on the core task of the Social Protection Committee to monitor the social situation in the EU and the developments in social protection policies in the Member States. Based on a set of key indicators and Member States’ reporting, the report analyses the progress towards the Europe 2020 target on reducing poverty and social exclusion together with the latest social trends to watch. The most recent social policy developments in Europe are also reported on as well as the key structural social challenges currently faced by each Member State.
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 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.