Family and Reconciliation
Reconciliation of family and work has been on the forefront of family policy discussions in Germany and across Europe. Reconciling family and work is a double-edged issue that needs to be approached from two directions: time for work and time for the family, the latter one meaning more time for childcare or care for relatives. The focus of reconciliation policies on mothers has recently widened to include also fathers and caring relatives. Reconciliation can be supported through more time for work. Formal childcare, for instance public childcare institutions, plays a central role here. On the other hand, parental and care leave schemes offer more time for the family. The latter aspect is part of the European Commission’s Work-Life Balance package. The Commission hereby intends to set a fresh impulse on European level.
Father involvement in family workFathers all over Europe wish to get more involved in family work – and they are expected to do so. The work-life balance package of the European Commission aims to promote father involvement. Across Europe there are many policy measures to support this aim: father specific leave month with income replacement, flexibility in the use of parental leave, and paternity leave. The Observatory shows how these policies can be designed and what effects they have.
Reconciliation of elderly care and work
More and more people work and at the same time care for their relatives. How do policies support these people to handle this double burden? The Observatory takes up this question and conducts comprehensive research on the issue. A European Expert Meeting addressed this topic. The research focuses on leave and financial support for family caregivers.
Documentation of the European Expert Meeting on 4 and 5 September 2017 in Berlin.