• The President of the Council of Ministers has issued a Progress Report confirming that there is not yet consensus on passing the EU Gender Directive to address gender balance on corporate boards. See our blog for further details.   
  • Employers already facing changes to UK laws on family leave from 2015 will welcome the news that the European Commission has withdrawn proposals to amend the Pregnant Workers Directive. These proposals included the extension of compulsory leave (with entitlement to bonus in respect of this period) from 2 to 6 weeks, 20 weeks’ full pay maternity pay, 2 weeks’ full pay paternity leave and breaks for breastfeeding.