Progression in Employment
Once in employment, many people still face exclusion within the labour market as a result of having to reconcile care responsibilities with professional life, lacking access to further skills-development or discrimination on the basis of gender, age, parenthood, ethnic background, sexual orientation or social origin. Adequate support is needed for people to progress in employment and to ensure that discriminatory practices in the field of employment are fully and effectively prohibited.
We want to ensure the availability of accessible, affordable and good quality public care facilities and services for children to allow people with care responsibility to reconcile progression in employment and family life, see our Recommendations on Care. We also promote the adoption of a European Maternity Leave directive to ensure women keep their full salary throughout their leave and to strengthen their legal protection against dismissal on return to work.