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Implementation of the EU Directives on Work-Life Balance and on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions across Central Europe

This Deloitte Legal report explores how the two EU labour-law directives have been implemented across 10 Central European countries, including Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia, and the impact on businesses.


The directive on „Work-life balance“ aims to improve work-life balance for employees with caring responsibilities outside work. It introduces several new entitlements for employees, especially those with children under the age of 8. In addition, the directive aims at encouraging working fathers to use their parental rights. While they theoretically have the same rights as mothers, they only rarely take advantage of them. Now, with a new ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ right to at least 2 moths parental leave, we anticipate greater uptake.

The second directive on „Transparent and predictable working conditions“ aims to ensure more predictable and stable working conditions for employees.

Both new entitlements require employers to revise certain internal regulations, documentation, and policies. Some may find implementation challenging without incurring substantial impact on their working practices.

To help businesses understand and navigate these changes, Deloitte Legal has created a report on the new requirements and their implementation. We hope you find it useful.

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