The Parental Leave Directive: Towards a family friendly social Europe

Stephen Hardy, Nick Adnett

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-172
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2002

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Economics
National strategy
Aspiration
Employment policy
Female employment
Equal opportunities
Rationale
Social policy
Family-friendly
Gender equality
Work-life balance
Employment rate
Targeting
European Union
Parental leave

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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The Parental Leave Directive: Towards a family friendly social Europe. / Hardy, Stephen; Adnett, Nick.

In: European Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 8, No. 2, 01.07.2002, p. 157-172.

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