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European Equality Law Network

European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination

Thematic reports

The European Social Pillar includes the principles of gender equality and work-life balance. Referring to these principles the European Commission adopted in 2017 a proposal for a Directive and a Communication to support work-life balance for working parents and carers, strengthening and expanding several legislative measures regarding parental leave and flexible work arrangements. In the context of this new Commission initiative, this study aims to provide information on the enforcement of the protection against dismissal, discrimination and unfavourable treatment of pregnant workers and workers exercising their right to take family leave, including issues of compensation, reparation and sanctions, as well as the role of national equality bodies, in the 28 Member States and three EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It reviews the enforcement and potential obstacles/hindrances in practice of the rights relating to the protection against discrimination, unfavourable treatment and dismissal, highlighting the main experiences in Member States with such enforcement by judicial (courts) and equality bodies.

Naill Crowley (August 2018)

Date: 10 December 2018. Topics

Marjolein van den Brink and Peter Dunne (November 2018)

Date: 20 November 2018. Topics

Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella and Bridgette McLellan (March 2018)

Date: 7 March 2018. Topics

Linda Senden and Sonja Kruisinga (January 2018)

Date: 30 January 2018. Topics

Isabelle Chopin, Catharina Germaine and Judit Tanczos (November 2017)

Date: 8 November 2017. Topics

Albertine Veldman (April 2017)

Date: 28 April 2017. Topics

Olivier De Schutter (July 2016)

Date: 12 October 2016. Topics

Kevät Nousiainen and Christine Chinkin (April 2016)

Date: 20 April 2016. Topics

Lisa Waddington and Andrea Broderick with the assistance of Anne Poulos (April 2016)

Date: 19 April 2016. Topics

Delia Ferri and Anna Lawson (March 2016)

Date: 21 March 2016. Topics

Maria do Rosário Palma Ramalho, Petra Foubert and Susanne Burri (February 2015)

Date: 27 February 2015. Topics

Maria do Rosário Palma Ramalho, Petra Foubert et Susanne Burri (février 2015)

Date: 27 February 2015. Topics

Maria do Rosário Palma Ramalho, Petra Foubert und Susanne Burri (Februar 2015)

Date: 27 February 2015. Topics

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