The European Council has formally adopted the EU Work-life balance Directive, which is intended to strengthen the rights of working parents and carers. For further information about the key proposals, please click here.

There had been some uncertainty as to whether this Directive would  change the long-stop date by which EU parental leave must be taken. The new Directive provides that it is up to a Member State to stipulate the date, although it must be taken before the child is eight years old. Member States will have three years from the date the Directive comes into force (20 days after publication in the Official Journal) to implement the Directive. Whether the UK will be required to implement the Directive will depend on the outcome of the current Brexit negotiations.