EU Work–Family Policies — Challenging Parental Roles or Reinforcing Gendered Stereotypes?

  title={EU Work–Family Policies — Challenging Parental Roles or Reinforcing Gendered Stereotypes?},
  author={Michelle Weldon-Johns},
  journal={European Law Journal},
  • Michelle Weldon-Johns
  • Published 2013
  • Sociology
  • European Law Journal
  • Shared parenting is premised on both working parents having the right to care. However, the work–family conflict at the EU level has traditionally focused on working mothers. This was reinforced in Hofmann v Barmer Ersatzkasse [1986] 1 CMLR 242 and Commission v Italy [1984] 3 CMLR 169, and in the enactment and application of the Parental Leave Directive 96/34/EC. In both instances, fathers' role in childcare has been secondary, at best, to that of mothers. The question of shared parenting, and… CONTINUE READING
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