|Author (Corporate)||European Commission|
|Series Details||COM (2017) 253|
Legislative proposal published by the European Commission in April 2017 on work-life balance, including the enhancement of existing parental leave schemes.
Following the withdrawal of a proposal to amend the 1992 Maternity Leave Directive, the Commission committed to replacing that proposal with a 'new start initiative' (work-life balance package). The general objective of the proposed Directive is to ensure the implementation of the principle of equality between men and women with regard to labour market opportunities and treatment at work. Through adapting and modernising the EU legal framework, the Directive should allow parents and people with caring responsibilities to reconcile better their work and caring duties. This proposal was released alongside a Communication setting out a set of legislative and non-legislative initiatives to encourage a healthy work-life balance. Both documents were published in the framework of the European Pillar of Social Rights, which was launched on the same day.
The Commission published the draft law on 26 April 2017. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach regarding this proposal on 21 June 2018. The European Parliament's relevant committee approved the negotiating position and mandate on 11 July. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text was reached on 24 January 2019. The Parliament formally endorsed it on 4 April, followed by the Council on 13 June.
|Subject Categories||Employment and Social Affairs|
|Subject Tags||Social Europe | European Pillar of Social Rights [EPSR], Working Conditions|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|