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Crisis and policies of cost containment, public and private, hinder
strategies of reconciling work and private life. However, the European
Commission documents insist on defending the importance of the topic
of reconciliation from the perspective of employment and integration
of excluded people into the labor market.
The fight against discrimination of workers with family
responsibilities requires establishing conditions for them to face
their professional challenges with reliability. Quality public
services for children and adults, adaptation of working time to family
needs and public benefits to ensure access to parental leave are key
issues that reconciliation policies can not ignore.
This book analyzes the International, European and Comparative Law of
reconciliation policies and assesses concrete experiences of some
Member States of the European Union -the United Kingdom, France, Spain
and Bulgaria-, the Nordic States -Norway- and the United States of
America. With so plural approach there are many political and
regulatory proposals which can orientate the decisions in this field.