Latest news about the Maternity Leave || Commission adopts Roadmap for improving work-life balance for working families
The European Commission published on August 3rd a Roadmap setting out policy options to address the challenges of work-life balance faced by working families
. This represents a new start after the Commission confirmed last month it would withdraw the 2008 draft Maternity Leave Directive
given the lack of progress by the co-legislators and despite the
Commission's continuous and intensive efforts to facilitate an
The new initiative aims to allow parents with
children or workers with dependent relatives to better balance caring
and professional responsibilities, by modernising the current EU legal
and policy framework and adapting it to today's labour market. This
would also help improve labour market participation of both parents. The
Roadmap outlines the Commission's ideas for a fresh approach, setting
out a range of policy options to achieve these objectives.
COFACE has launched on March this year the European Reconciliation Package
a unique document presenting recommendations of what needs to be done
at EU and national level to contribute to gender and pay equality,
increased employment, improved childcare and care infrastructure and
better wellbeing overall. It is available in English, French, Spanish
For more information on this topic please do get in contact with COFACE: Agnes Uhereczky +322 500 56 91 and Paola Panzeri +322 500 56 92
or the European Comission: Natasha Bertaud +322 296 74 56 and Tim McPhie +322 295 86 02
EU Family leave provisions:
is a break from employment taken by mothers just before and after child birth to protect maternal and infant health and safety. Maternity is regulated at the EU level. As maternity leave is a work related health and safety measure, the EU Pregnant Workers Directive (Directive 92/85/EEC) has set minimum provisions for maternity leave of 14 weeks at the level of sick pay. Current provisions in the Member States range from between 14 weeks and 52 weeks leave with compensation levels varying between the equivalent of sick pay to full pay.
which is regulated at the EU level is offered to parents to be taken later in the child’s life – i.e. after maternity leave or later on (generally up to the age of 8). The revised EU Parental Leave Directive will give parents an individual right to 4 months of parental leave each, of which at least 1 month needs to be strictly non-transferable between parents (Directive 2010/18/EU). The revised Directive will have to be transposed by Member States before March 2012. It should be emphasized that both the initial Parental Leave Directive (Directive 96/34/EC) and its revised Framework Agreement (2010/18/EU) included provisions on urgent family leave ("force majeure”) as well as potential accommodating options for parents of sick and disabled children. Carers’ leave does not cover any of these provisions existing at the national level as a result of the implementation of the Parental Leave Directive and its Revised Framework Agreement.
is not currently regulated at the EU level. This is typically a rather short form of leave for fathers, to be taken immediately after a child is born, so that the father can spend time with and take care of the mother and child.
is not currently regulated at the EU level. The conditions and provisions for carers’ leave vary considerably between Member States in terms of definition, length and compensation as well as eligibility criteria, age and medical condition of the relative being cared for.
Published on 30 Sep 2011
Updated on 26 Aug 2015