For many of us, balancing our private and professional responsibilities is a challenge. For parents or people with caring responsibilities this balance can be even more of a challenge.
The right to a work-life balance is enshrined in Principle 9 of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR). As part of its work, to deliver on the social rights of those living in Europe, the EU has launched the 'New Start' initiative, which aims to address the work-life balance challenges faced by working parents and carers. The initiative, launched on 26th April 2017, entails a mixture of legislative and non-legislative measures aimed at modernising the regulation of this area. This proposed package of measures will help working parents and carers by not obliging them to make a choice between their family lives and their professional careers. The proposal for a directive sets new or higher minimum standards to create more convergence between EU Member States, by preserving and extending existing rights. It will improve current EU law on paternity, parental and carers' leave as well as flexible working arrangements. In addition, the European Union will support Member States in adopting measures to ensure accessible, affordable and quality formal care services.
The provision of high-quality support services is vital to ensuring that all families and professionals can enjoy a Work-life balance, regardless of their caring responsibilities. Social Services Europe’s latest report has looked into the crucial role of social services in improving work-life balance in Europe.
The report assesses promising practices of social service provision and their Work-Life Balance (WLB) impact and also provides an in-depth analysis of the environment which enables the development of such services.
The report is joined by a number of recommendations to European Commission, the Member States and the Members of the European Parliament on how they can work together towards improving access to quality affordable care services as a pre-condition to improve the levels of work-life balance.
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