|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union, European Parliament|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 188|
Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on work-life balance, repealing Directive 2010/18/EU on parental leave.
Following the withdrawal of a proposal to amend the 1992 Maternity Leave Directive, the European Commission committed to replacing that proposal with a 'new start initiative' (work-life balance package). The general objective was 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.
The draft law was adopted alongside a Communication presenting 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 proposal was adopted by the European Commission on 26 April 2017. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach 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]|