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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.

Lilla Farkas and Orlagh O'Farrell (December 2014)

Date: 2 December 2014. Topics

Dorota Pudzianowska and Krzysztof Smiszek, supervised and edited by Christa Tobler (December 2014)

Date: 2 December 2014. Topics

Susanne Burri and Sacha Prechal 

Date: 1 January 2014. Topics

Susanne Burri and Helga Aune (November 2013)

Date: 1 November 2013. Topics

Emmanuelle Bribosia and Isabelle Rorive, Supervised by Lisa Waddington (September 2013)

Date: 3 September 2013. Topics

Emmanuelle Bribosia et Isabelle Rorive sous la supervision de Lisa Waddington (septembre 2013)

Date: 3 September 2013. Topics

Emmanuelle Bribosia und Isabelle Rorive. Beratung: Lisa Waddington (September 2013)

Date: 3 September 2013. Topics

Aileen McColgan, supervised by Migration Policy Group (September 2013)

Date: 3 September 2013. Topics

 Aileen McColgan sous la supervision du Migration Policy Group (septembre 2013)

Date: 3 September 2013. Topics

Aileen McColgan, Beratung: Migration Policy Group (September 2013)

Date: 3 September 2013. Topics

Julie Ringelheim and Nicolas Bernard (February 2013)

Date: 5 February 2013. Topics

Julie Ringelheim et Nicolas Bernard (février 2013)

Date: 5 February 2013. Topics

Annick Masselot, Eugenia Caracciolo Di Torella and Susanne Burri (November 2012)

Date: 2 November 2012. Topics

Annick Masselot, Eugenia Caracciolo Di Torella et Susanne Burri (novembre 2012)

Date: 2 November 2012. Topics

Annick Masselot, Eugenia Caracciolo Di Torella und Susanne Burri (November 2012)

Date: 2 November 2012. Topics

Nicola Countouris and Mark Freedland (September 2012)

Date: 4 September 2012. Topics

Nicola Countouris und Mark Freedland (September 2012)

Date: 4 September 2012. Topics

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