EU Gender Equality Law publication – 2009

“The publication provides a brief and general overview of the main features of EU gender equality law and its transposition in the 27 Member States of the European Union, as well as in the EEA countries of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to which most of the EU equality law applies.

It is aimed at a broad and not necessarily legal public and highlights the most important trends as well as difficulties in the transposition of EU gender equality rules at national level.

The sections are structured around the main subject areas of EU gender equality law: access to work and working conditions, pregnancy and maternity protection and parental leave, equal pay, equal treatment in occupational pension schemes and equal treatment in statutory schemes of social security, equal treatment of self-employed persons and assisting spouses and equal treatment of men and women in the access to and the supply of goods and services.

A number of features are common to all directives, namely certain central concepts, such as discrimination and harassment, and matters relating to compliance and the enforcement of the equality rules in practice. These issues are also discussed, in two separate sections.”

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