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DOI: 10.33226/0032-6186.2020.12.2
JEL: K31
Agata Ludera-Ruszel ORCID: 0000-0003-4433-5884 , e-mail: aruszel|ur.edu.pl| |aruszel|ur.edu.pl

EU Work-Life Balance Directive — the challenges for Poland

Balancing work and family responsibilities is a prominent issue for modern society. The relation of subordination and dependence of a worker that characterizes the employment relationship, and makes it different from other work relations, puts an employee in a vulnerable position in terms of control over his or her own working life and balancing it with private life. Participation in paid activity often implies the need to sacrifice private life of the employee, which makes an exchange between the parties to an employment relationship no longer a fair one. Family life is most seriously exposed to a work-life conflict. This is becoming a critical challenge for many employees, especially women with family responsibilities. This contribution aims at offering an analysis of the recent European Union legislative intervention in the work-life conflict — the Work-Life Balance Directive and the position of Poland within this picture. The analysis reveals some limitations of the existing legislation as regards the conditions for people with caring responsibilities to reconcile their working and family duties.

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Keywords: work-life balance; gender equality; parental leaves; working time flexibility

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