Work-life Balance in the EU and Leave Arrangements Across Welfare Regimes

22 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2007

Abstract

Work-life balance has been a central theme of the EU gender equality framework and has been promoted through both hard and soft components. Although the EU concern in promoting work-life balance has been more to increase employment and economic productivity than to promote gender equality, all Member States have now established standards in accordance with the EU regulations. Statutory leave arrangements are a key component of work-life balance policies and they vary significantly across Member States with different welfare regime traditions. This study examines the transposition of EU Directives and the implications of the European Employment Strategy for leave arrangements across the UK, Denmark, France and Spain as exemplars of four welfare regimes.

Suggested Citation

Aybars, Ayse Idil, Work-life Balance in the EU and Leave Arrangements Across Welfare Regimes. Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 38, Issue 6, pp. 569-590, November 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1022798 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2338.2007.00464.x

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