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2016/2 EU Consultation on work life balance

In February 2016, the EU Delegation to Make Mothers Matter participated in the public consultation launched by the European Commission regarding a new start to address the challenges of work-life balance faced by working families. The aim was to gather views on possible measures to support working parents or caregivers to better reconcile work and family life .

MMM asked to include the right to request flexible working conditions: it is the right of the employee to ask the employer to arrange his working conditions to make them more flexible (telework, condensed hours etc). The employer has to duly consider the request and any rejection must be justified by reasons specifically listed in the law. The initiative, adopted in 2003 in the UK for parents of children under 17 or those caring for an adult, was extended in 2014 to all employees, due to its success. We think it will be very positive to include it in European legislation allowing employees to better reconcile private and professional life. The Commission is planning to launch this new initiative on work life balance at the end of 2016.

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