The Parental Leave Directive: Towards a ‘family-friendly’ social Europe?

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Series Details Volume 8, Number 2, Pages 157-172
Publication Date July 2002
ISSN 0959-6801
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The employment and social policies of the European Union currently seek to promote equal opportunities while targeting further significant increases in female employment rates. This article evaluates its `work-life balance' regulations, particularly the Parental Leave Directive, analysing their origins and rationale. We assess the social, economic and legal implications and identify differing national strategies for implementation. In conclusion, we address how the EU `family-friendly' aspirations can be made consistent with the promotion of gender equality in employment.

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