New EU directive on work-life balance

On 4 April 2019 the European Parliament adopted a new Directive on paternity leave and non-transferable parental leave. The aim of the new provisions is to promote gender equality by boosting women’s representation in the workplace and strengthening the role of fathers in the family, and also to enable working parents to reconcile work and family commitments.

Vacation time rights in the EU

The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) issued a decision in November 2018 stating that employees do not lose their right to receive compensation for their unused vacation days even if they did not apply to take them.