CESI responds to second phase social partner consultation of work-life balance

Today, CESI submitted its response to the European Commission’s second-phase social partner consultation on possible action addressing the challenges of work-life balance faced by working parents and caregivers.

CESI responds to second phase social partner consultation of work-life balance

Further to CESI’s contribution to the first phase of the consultation, the main messages relate to:

• a strengthened protection of women in the context of maternity leave – which includes an extension of the period of dismissal protection, the prohibition of preparatory steps to dismissal and the right to written reasons in cases of dismissal not related to pregnancy;

• longer and more flexible parental leave schemes that encourage an equal sharing of the take up of leave times between men and women;

• the introduction of a new carers’ leave which is designed in a flexible way so that it can respond to rapidly emerging and unforeseen domestic care needs; and

• more flexible working arrangements, which are implemented to the benefit of both workers and employers.

CESI’s full consultation contribution can be accessed here. More information about the consultation is available on the website of the European Commission.

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