The European Parliament Employment and Social Affairs Commission has shown itself to be actively ready to enter into negotiations with EU governments on the draft directive addressing work-life balance.

Contrasting with the governments’ ‘more measured’ approach to the issues of leave time rights because of their public purse price tags, MEPs are uncompromising in pushing for paternity leave to be compensated up to a minimum of 80% of gross monthly salary and parental leave to be covered for up to a minimum of 78%, just like that received by carers. As a reminder, the political agreement reached by the European Council in June only provides for “adequate compensation” for parental and paternity leaves (see our Post on EELA website published in June 21, here). Let’s see what will come out from the three-way negotiations with the Commission and the Council that should start in September.