Work-life balance for parents and carers

 

SUMMARY OF:

Directive (EU) 2019/1158 on work-life balance for parents and carers

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DIRECTIVE?

KEY POINTS

Scope

Minimum rights

The directive provides for minimum individual rights related to the following:

EU countries may choose to introduce or maintain rules that are more favourable to workers.

Paternity leave

Parental leave

Carers’ leave

Flexible working arrangements

Legal protection

EU countries must introduce rules to ensure:

Repeal

The directive repeals Directive 2010/18/EU on parental leave from 2 August 2022.

FROM WHEN DOES THE DIRECTIVE APPLY?

It has applied since 1 August 2019 and has to become law in the EU countries by 2 August 2022 (except for the payment of the last 2 weeks of parental leave, for which the deadline is 2 August 2024).

BACKGROUND

For more information, see:

MAIN DOCUMENT

Directive (EU) 2019/1158 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on work-life balance for parents and carers and repealing Council Directive 2010/18/EU (OJ L 188, 12.7.2019, pp. 79-93)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Council Directive 2010/18/EU of 8 March 2010 implementing the revised Framework Agreement on parental leave concluded by BUSINESSEUROPE, UEAPME, CEEP and ETUC and repealing Directive 96/34/EC (OJ L 68, 18.3.2010, pp. 13-20)

Successive amendments to Directive 2010/18/EU have been incorporated into the original document. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

Council Directive 92/85/EEC of 19 October 1992 on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health at work of pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth or are breastfeeding (tenth individual Directive within the meaning of Article 16 (1) of Directive 89/391/EEC) (OJ L 348, 28.11.1992, pp. 1-7)

See consolidated version.

last update 24.02.2020