Leave

20 apríl 2020

For workers, leave arrangements have a direct impact on quality of life, work-life balance and the overall sustainability of working life.Read more

For workers, leave arrangements have a direct impact on quality of life, work-life balance and the overall sustainability of working life. The main leave entitlements of importance to workers are annual leave, maternity leave, parental leave, paternity leave and sick leave, so that the worker can recover from being ill.  The European Pillar of Social Right encourages gender-balanced use of family-related leave and flexible working arrangements. Women and men shall have equal access to special leaves of absence in order to fulfil their caring responsibilities towards both children and ageing parents.

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Workers in newer Member States expected to work three weeks more per year

Workers in Member States that joined the EU after May 2004 were expected to work close to three full working weeks per...

Working time in 2017–2018

This biennial review charts developments in a range of working time issues in the EU and Norway in 2017–2018. It finds...

Some progress of fathers taking paternity and parental leave in Europe over the past decade, but equal sharing of responsibilities remains low everywhere

The number of fathers taking advantage of their paternity leave entitlements has been on the rise in most countries...

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