The employees-employers relationship is always on top of the agenda and in constant development. The matters of work-life balance, disciplinary liability and the procedures in relation to the dismissal of personnel raise numerous questions of practical nature.
A Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on work-life balance for parents and carers was published on 26 April 2017.
The Directive’s objectives are to facilitate the attainment of a work-life balance as well as to increase the use of leaves due to family reasons and flexible working arrangements by fathers.
It provides for amendments concerning the paternity leave, flexibility when using parental leave, absence due to force majeure, flexible working arrangements, minimum employment rights and protection against dismissal of employees, the latter benefitting from these new amendments.
After the publication of the proposal, a procedure of debating and adopting the Directive shall be conducted. Subsequently, each member state shall have to implement the Directive in its national legislation.
Each employer should assess the extent to which the provisions of the Directive shall influence the organization of its work process and evaluate whether new internal policies will need to be introduced concerning flexible working hours in order to ensure that its employees are properly balancing their work and private life.
See more in the full presentation (PDF, 334 KB) made by KPMG’s Emil Evtimov, Senior Manager, Legal Advisory, during the KPMG workshop at the International HR Conference organised by the Bulgarian Association for People Management between 11 and 13 May 2017. The workshop also featured a practical discussion regarding employment cases.